Just prior to the winter break, students at Commack Road and Wing, aided by parent volunteers, decided to forgo winter crafts and concentrate on making and donating bologna sandwiches for people in need.
At Commack Road, class moms came up with the idea, and students and their families donated bread and bologna, then formed an assembly line to make more than 120 sandwiches and donate them to a nearby homeless shelter.
“The students learned empathy and loved helping a community in need,” said teacher Nicole Chirco. “The students will never forget this.”
Wing’s students, first-graders in Justin Lollo’s classroom, surpassed their initial goal of 100 and made 138 sandwiches destined for the Mercy Inn in Wyandanch. The students also decorated holiday-themed bags to put the sandwiches in.
“This is just another sign of how Wing works together for positive youth development by giving back to the community,” said Principal Michael Giacchetto. “Engaging young children in community service helps students grow empathy and allows them to see where they fit in a society that cares for one another.”