With exams and the inclement weather behind us, we were able to resume our Service Learning Wednesdays once again. The culture service learning group is collecting deposit bottles and cans this quarter in order to raise money for Cornwall Backpacks for Food. The organization provides nutritious meals every weekend for students who receive federal free lunch in the Cornwall School District. The bottles and cans are being collected in three collection sites including Mrs. Harrell’s room in Scarborough Hall, the Academic Office, and Dr. Webb’s room. To learn more about this worthy cause, please feel free to visit their site at www.cornwallbff.org.
Thank you to our faculty and parents that donated their gently worn outerwear towards our coat drive. This past Wednesday, Sarah Magno and I took Cadets Beller, Walker, and Avarez to the Newburgh Ministry to donate all of the items that were collected. We were given a tour of the facility as well as an explanation of all of the wonderful work the ministry does. They offer a full gamut of services ranging from a warm communal area where people in need can grab a coffee or snack to a homeless shelter where people may stay until they get back on their feet. They store and sell all sorts of clothing items that have been donated and are made available at minimal cost or free if necessary. We were told that they could really use shoes and boots as well as consumables like diapers, toilet paper, and hygiene products. The students came away with a real sense of pride for what we had contributed and an overall sense of gratitude.
On the morning of the Winter Formal (Feb. 10th) from 9:00-11:00 am, several NYMA Cadets will be helping with Operation Cookie Deployment at the Cornwall Presbyterian Church. They will be helping pack boxes for our soldiers overseas. If you would like to join us or donate prepackaged food items, please contact Samantha Hill at Ext. 4819. You may also drop your contributions off to the Academic Office and we will see that she gets it. A separate post will follow that will include a list of items that the church is saying are in particular demand.
Our book making service group returned to Butterhill Day School once again to read to the preschoolers. The students commented that they realized now how difficult it is to teach. There is always such a beautiful exchange between our students and the wee ones. Thank you to Ms. Hill, Ms. Pasquale, and Ms. Simon for nurturing this endeavor.