In honor of Valentine’s Day, students at Marion Street Elementary School recently decorated paper bags for homeless individuals in New York City which held donated travel sized toiletries that the school collected. The bags were distributed to those in need at the YES! Solutions, Inc. Valentine’s Winter Picnic-on-the-Street event on Feb. 9. The service organization helps those going through a difficult time in their lives.
Coordinated by special education teacher Rachel Tiran, the service project allowed all students at Marion Street School to give back and spread love to others in need. Students created cards and decorated the paper bags, which served as goodie bags for the event. They colored images of hearts and included words of positivity to put a smile on someone else’s face.
“It’s amazing,” said Ms. Tiran. “The best part about community service is teaching our kids how important it is to help others and to give back. To see the kids so excited about helping others and giving back is really rewarding.”
In addition to the goodie bags, members of the Marion Street School community donated hats, gloves and scarves which were distributed during the event as well.