Story and photos courtesy of Sandra Pensak, principal of Hewlett Elementary School
Hewlett Elementary School fourth and fifth grade student council members will visit St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Bayside on Thursday, Dec. 20, to deliver holiday gifts for medically fragile children who are unable to be home for the holidays.
The students raised funds for the children by selling student-made bookmarks during parent-teacher conferences. The students found this to be a very worthwhile experience, and it has become a tradition for the student council to fundraise and visit the facility at this time of year. Many of the St. Mary’s families were affected by Hurricane Sandy, so the school feels it is especially meaningful to reach out to them as the holiday approaches.
Student council also raised funds through the sale of baked goods in an effort to help local schools that were adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy. Hewlett Elementary’s class representatives and student council officers voted to “adopt” the following schools: Fulton Elementary School in Oceanside, Frances X. Hegarty Elementary School in Island Park and Lido Elementary in Long Beach. Student council continues to work toward making a difference in our community.