Kent Elementary Fourth-Grade Students Give the Gift of Healthy Holidays

In the spirit of giving this year, Kent Elementary School fourth-grade students used Giving Tuesday as a day to give back and support those in need in the local community with an in-class volunteer opportunity.

Through a project idea from Volunteer New York, the students in Cathleen Rossetti, Carrie Cioffi, Kristin Mordecki and Chris Livulpi’s classes assembled individual hygiene kits that included a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and body wash, along with a hand-drawn card from a student.

Putnam Community Action Partnership (CAP), an anti-poverty group dedicated to helping those who are struggling in the community, will distribute the kits this year.

“We are working on cards to put in bags to send shampoo and conditioner to a shelter so whenever someone needs something the shelter can give it to them,” said student Natasha Portillo who drew a smiley face, balloons and a flower on her card. “It’s important to give back because if some people need these things, they can get it for free.”

Cards from the students included a variety of positive sentiments, such as “keep going, you are awesome,” “you are special in a perfect way,” and even “soar like an eagle and stay strong.”

The purpose of the cards: “To make them feel good and maybe if they are having a bad day, it might cheer them up,” said student Tyrieke Hall.

In total, the fourth-grade students created 65 total hygiene kits for the Putnam CAP and showed a great deal of compassion for others this holiday season.