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Project HOPE at Birchwood

Fifth-grade students wrote thoughtful letters of gratitude that are sure to spread the holiday spirit overseas to our soldiers.  thumbnail144160
Fifth-grade students wrote thoughtful letters of gratitude that are sure to spread the holiday spirit overseas to our soldiers.
The brightly decorated bags are almost ready to be filled! thumbnail144161
The brightly decorated bags are almost ready to be filled!
Festive students celebrate the holiday by writing their cheerful messages. thumbnail144162
Festive students celebrate the holiday by writing their cheerful messages.
Birchwood Principal Mr. Anthony Ciccarelli helped students as their filled the decorated bags with thank-you letters. thumbnail144163
Birchwood Principal Mr. Anthony Ciccarelli helped students as their filled the decorated bags with thank-you letters.
The creative care packages are sure to put a smile on the faces of those who receive them. thumbnail144164
The creative care packages are sure to put a smile on the faces of those who receive them.

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.

There were numerous community service activities that Birchwood students participated in. Third-graders, ready with crayons and pencils, decorated paper bags with positive and cheerful messages to be sent to our troops serving abroad. Fourth-grade students were given index cards to write friendly notes and thank-you letters to our troops and filled the previously decorated bags with their well wishes. Fifth-graders continued to fill the festive bags with non-perishable snacks and water bottles, and included their own letters of gratitude to be sent to our troops. The staff got involved in the cheerful festivities as well by helping to prepare assorted goodies to be distributed to the shelter and/or the Huntington Fire Department to feed the hungry that evening. 

This worthwhile endeavor proved to be just as special as ever. The common room where the activities were held was full of vibrant energy and feelings of joy knowing that the students’ actions would be helping to feed the hungry and spread cheer to our soldiers. Thank you to everyone who participated in contributing to this wonderful event!