Students Help the Community on Brighton Believes Day of Caring
In these uncertain times, the Brighton community has really come together. The same spirit was on display in March when all Brighton students participated in a day of service during the Brighton Believes Day of Caring. The four schools offered age-appropriate service projects and guest speakers that allowed students to demonstrate the Brighton Believes qualities and provide an opportunity to practice caring and our collective responsibility to help others.
At Council Rock Primary School, students created 500 braided toys outs of recycled clothing for Lollypop Farm; made 14 fleece-tied blankets for dogs born with deformities for the Mia Foundation; created eight paper-mache toys for animals at Seneca Park Zoo; created 23 fleece-tied blankets for children at Community Childcare on Troup Street and Mt. Hope Family Crisis Center; divided 120 pounds of cat food into weekly servings for Meals on Wheels recipients; made 220 snack bags for guests at the Ronald McDonald House; made 50 birthday cards for residents of Woodside Manor; made 50 cards for children at Golisano Children’s Hospital through Ryan's Cases for Smiles; created 16 centerpieces for the Jewish Home of Rochester; created 360 individual packets of laundry detergent for the Bethany House; and put together 50 hygiene kits for Willow and House of Mercy.
At French Road Elementary School, students collected change for the “Be the Change” challenge. The school collected almost $600 in change for the FoodLink backpack program. Students also made bookmarks with positive quotes to go in the backpacks of food.
At Twelve Corners Middle School, representatives from 36 community volunteer agencies visited the building to talk to students. The organizations were: The Pirate Toy Fund, Owen’s House, Brighton Your Wardrobe, Brighton Food Cupboard, Ronald McDonald House, Breast Cancer Coalition, Gandhi Institute, Daystar Kids, Gigi’s Playhouse, Habitat for Humanity, Center for Youth, Camp Good Days, CP Rochester, Monroe County Veteran’s Outreach, Bethany House, House of Mercy, Autism Up, Cameron Community Ministries, Honor Flight, Nativity Preparatory Academy, Intervol, Sojourner Home, FoodLink, Mary Cariola, R Community Bikes, Kids Making Miracles Club, Keeping Our Promise, Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha, Catholic Family Center, Boys and Girls Club, Mary’s Place, YWCA, Children Awaiting Parents, Al Sigl, Pencils and Paper, and Villa of Hope.
At Brighton High School, students created 30 fleece blankets for Owen’s House and the Open Door Mission; made over 300 blessing bags for Refugees Helping Refugees; made over 600 pairs of no-slip socks for Owen’s House and Rochester General Hospital; wrote over 150 supportive and positive letters to men and women serving in the military all over the world; made over 900 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and bag lunches for the Open Door Mission, all with a supportive message inside; and collected four storage bins with jars of peanut butter and jelly and toiletries for the Open Door Mission.