Thousands of students packaged up donations for local shelters as part of the district’s Day of Service on Jan. 12.
Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for community service, the annual event had students and staff spring into action, while tying in history.
“During core social studies classes, our student leaders presented a lesson on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his legacy and dedication to service,” said Mepham Principal Eric Gomez.
Students spent the day filling bags with donated nonperishables, toiletries, baby and hygiene items into reusable tote bags.
“Our students had an opportunity to learn about what this day of service means and why it is important to find ways to give of our time to others,” said Calhoun Principal Nicole Hollings.
The bags included handwritten notes as well. Some had inspirational quotes from Dr. King, while others took a different approach. Each school was charged with a different theme of donations. At Grand Avenue Middle School, they collected pet and baby items for their drive, dubbed “Goo, Goo, Bark, Bark.”
“These notes included either parenting or pet care tips collected from faculty and staff,” said Principal Carlo Conte.
The district’s Ambassador Program, a student-led think tank in support of their One Voice, One Message mission, spearheaded the effort.
In addition to stocking the district-run food pantry, the Community Cupboard, items were also delivered by students and staff to various organizations around Long Island including The INN, Momma’s House, Regina House, the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter and Last Hope Pet Shelter.
“Today in Bellmore-Merrick, we all had the opportunity to do right by others and it is one day among many opportunities we have for students to serve in the vision of Dr. King,” said David Seinfeld, principal of Kennedy High School.