From class activities to annual all-school exercises, learning how to be a tool for change.
During Peace Week, the entire Middle School community participates in Hunger Awareness Day. In addition to learning more about hunger issues on Long Island, the community shares a simple meal to raise funds for a designated organization working in this field.
Each class follows up by putting together a food basket for a family in need, and some of our students help out at the local sorting center. A Christmas toy drive collects gifts for local children, especially teenagers. In the spring, the Middle School designates a single community service day where many of our students volunteer their physical labor and boundless energy to support local organizations and to raise money for more distant ones.
Sixth and Seventh grades
In addition to these all school events, each grade level also engages in their own service projects. The
The annual walkathon draws entirely on the skills of seventh graders. Within a few weeks in the spring, the Seventh grade students research possible local recipients for the proceeds of the annual walkathon, select an organization with which to work, produce an informative newsletter for the rest of the community, collect and collate sponsor forms, set up the course, run the stations during in the activity and calculate the money owed by each participant at the end of the afternoon. The whole event is an exercise in empowerment and a source of great pride when the proceeds are presented.
The Middle School experience closes with the