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Grand Avenue Builders’ Club Hosts Book Drive

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The Builders’ Club of Grand Avenue Middle School collected and organized book donations for their drive to benefit the local organization, The Book Fairies.

“We collected new or gently used books suitable for babies through adults,” said Sean Doherty, Spanish teacher/club adviser. “The students spent time after school to sort and package up the donations.”

Eighth-grader Nick DiMarco joined the Builders Club last year because his grandfather is an active Kiwanis Club member.

“I want to be charitable just like he is,” he added.

The more than 250 books collected will be distributed to high poverty schools and organizations in the metropolitan area. The club plans to start collecting Pennies for Patients, to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Photo Caption: Builders’ Club members Max Luft, Jonathan Harris, James Bodendorf, Lina Fitzroy, Gianna DiPrima, Keith Satrinana, Nicholas DiMarco and Nick Salas.

Grand Avenue’s SADD Club Promotes Good Citizenship

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The Students Against Destructive Decisions Club at Grand Avenue Middle School has been focused on making positive impacts and contributions to their community.

“We look at positive ways to promote citizenship and be positive student leaders who do not have to rely on drugs and alcohol to feel good or to be accepted,” said teacher and club adviser Pia Santadonato.
    
During their Mugs of Love project, the club collected more than 200 gently used mugs to donate to the Interfaith Nutrition Network's Freeport site in mid-February. They packaged up the mugs with various pantry food items.
The INN feeds approximately 100 people each day and is completely run by volunteers.

With their Wrapped in Love project, students delivered nearly 40 handmade baby blankets to the neonatal unit at Winthrop-University Hospital.

“These blankets will be used to keep the babies warm and the babies will be able to take the blanket home with them when they are released from the hospital,” Santadonato explained.

Their recent Candy Gram project, spearheaded by eighth-grader Jordyn Krinsky, will benefit the Free to Breathe group to raise money for lung cancer research.

“My grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer last year and I wanted to fundraise for research,” she said. “The organization is working to double the current survivor rate.”

With these projects and others, Santadonato said she hopes the students enjoy the feeling that comes along with doing something positive in the world.