Project HOPE Continued at Birchwood

Birchwood 5th-graders make sandwiches that they will add to the beautifully decorated lunch bags along with the tasty cookies and a bottle of water.
Birchwood 5th-graders make sandwiches that they will add to the beautifully decorated lunch bags along with the tasty cookies and a bottle of water.
Birchwood 4th grade teacher Melissa Marando with some of her students get a tray of cookie dough ready for cooking.
Birchwood 4th grade teacher Melissa Marando with some of her students get a tray of cookie dough ready for cooking.

In the spirit of giving, Birchwood students had the opportunity to participate in a community service activity right before the Winter break by helping out the less fortunate in our community. Project HOPE (Helping Other People Eat), is a local Huntington group founded by the youth of St. Hugh’s Parish to help the hungry in the Huntington Station area.  At Birchwood, third-grade students decorated paper bags with positive, cheerful holiday messages and pictures, as was featured in a story on December 12th.

On Tuesday, December 16th, fourth-grade students worked in the cafeteria to bake cookies. Using the premade chocolate chip cookie tubs, students sat at cafeteria tables and scooped the cookie dough onto a tray, and then staff members baked them to a heavenly golden brown.

The fifth-grade students made tasty sandwiches. They worked in an assembly line to place cold cuts on pieces of bread and then wrapped the sandwiches. They also packed the sandwiches with a bottle of water and the package of cookies baked by the fourth-graders into the bags created by the third-graders. This wonderful activity helped emphasize the importance of giving to the less fortunate during the holiday season.

5th Grade Photo Gallery

4th Grade Photo Gallery

Staff Photo Gallery

A few days prior to the student Project HOPE activity, the kitchens at Birchwood had a visit from Old Saint Nick himself. Santa and his staff managed to slip in an afternoon of their own good will. Seems that for years Santa and his elves have been annually preparing and baking a special dinner and dessert so that needy people in our community may have a better holiday season. Below is a rerun of last season’s ode that depicts the holiday spirit at Birchwood.

So with the children all nestled, snug in their bus,

All of Birchwood’s finest headed to the cafeteria, never making a fuss;

He was dressed in Ciccarelli, from his head to his toes,

And he’s always impeccable, every one of his clothes;

A bundle of pasta he had placed on the table,

Lasagna for all, he called to the able.

They sprang to their stations, these givers of cheer,

And away they all flew creating dinners before the New Year;

But I heard him exclaim, as I drove off to edit,

Not a word about me; it’s my elves who deserve all the credit!

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”