The North Shore Key Club has created a Single Service Project for the 2013-2014 year of service titled “Reading Lights the Torch for Learning.” The project involves various reading programs, targeted for children of all ages, at local community centers and libraries.
The program also includes an arts & craft component to make reading fun while learning.
Key Club advisor Julia Salat said, “We light the fire to inspire children to learn! The club has also included a school in Costa Rica and members have written books and produced a CD in Spanish of fairy tales so the children can listen to the wonderful stores as they disappear into a wonderland of fairy tales.”
Bundled with black garbage bags filled with toys, the North Shore Key Club and North Shore Chamber Orchestra made an exciting visit to Cohen Children’s Hospital prior to winter break. The visit is a tradition at the North Shore Schools, said Julia Salat, the Key Club director, made possible through North Shore’s 26th Annual Toy Drive, hosted by Dr. Rob Gerver and Mrs. Polito.
Members of Glen Cove High School’s Key Club recently hosted the Second Annual Holiday Feast to benefit the North Shore INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), the designated soup kitchen servicing the Glen Cove community. Representatives of Cablevision’s Power to
Learn education initiative attended and presented the GCHS Key Club and Glen Cove school officials with a check for $500 and the North Shore INN with an additional $1,000 on behalf of the Glen Cove club’s efforts.
Glen Cove area students recently wrapped packages to be sent to active military personnel, a wonderful learning experience for these young people.
Anna Dunlop, young adult librarian at the Glen Cove Public Library and coordinator of the Any Soldier Program, has been involved in the program since December 2006. Library patrons have been sending letters and packages to the soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Last month, kindergarteners at Sea Cliff Elementary School had a Thanksgiving Celebration that included the shared reading of poems and songs as part of balanced literacy. In preparation for the special day, the students explored different ways of using cranberries like the pilgrims long ago. They made cranberry sauce to give as gifts for their families with decorative cloth called muslin.
But that is not all - the kindergarten classes made cornbread, applesauce, and popcorn which they enjoyed at the Thanksgiving celebration. Additionally, the students engaged in weeks of interactive writing which resulted in the completion of their “I am Thankful” books to share with their peers and at home with their families.
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