A Helping Hand During the Holidays

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A Helping Hand During the Holidays

Samantha LaChiana, Staff Writer

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Members of the East Rockaway High School Honor Society joined other schools across Long Island to participate at the Foster Family Holiday Party on December 27th, 2018 at the Melville Marriott Hotel. This event is held annually in order to celebrate foster families and the newly formed bonds between foster parents and their foster children.

Girl Scouts, Key Club members, National Honors Society members, and other community service based groups took time out of their busy holiday schedules to create stands and units where foster children and families could take part in arts and crafts to get into the holiday spirit! For example, our National Honor Society organized a table full of green shaded paint samples, glitter, scissors, glue, and puff balls. We had student examples to show family members how to make a Christmas tree by cutting and pasting the glitter stripes and puff balls all over to resemble lights, ornaments, and tinsel. It was a very cute and family friendly activity. We enjoyed working with children to make their unique Christmas trees. There was also an entire dinner offered for the foster families. The Marriott served desserts and snacks out in the hallway for all of the volunteers and families to enjoy. 

It was very rewarding to work with foster families and to give back to the community. It was especially heart warming to bring a smile to these children’s faces. I look forward to taking part in this event next holiday season.

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