Rockville High School Raises Funds for Families in Need
Last month, Rockville High School held its 8th annual Empty Bowls benefit to help needy families. About 130 students in the ceramics classes of teacher Ronnie Loyd created 200 bowls. As part of the fundraising events, students sold the bowls to the public, who then received a bowl of soup, slice of bread and bottled water, symbolizing a typical meal at a soup kitchen. More than 80 people participated in the event, with more than $1,100 going to help to needy families through the Rockville Holiday Fund. The school’s Choral Group and jazz ensemble played holiday tunes during the event.
Greencastle Community Enjoys Holiday Dinner
Hundreds of families came together for the 5th annual Winter Celebration Feast at Greencastle Elementary School on Dec. 12. Guests were treated to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a live musical performance by a music trio provided by The Music Center at Strathmore. The Greencastle staff bought, prepared and served the holiday dinner for their school community.
Students Make Holiday Cards for Pediatric Patients
Students from Carderock Springs Elementary School visited the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Dec. 13 to present handmade holiday cards to pediatric patients. The students met with the clinical center director, John Gallin, who explained the research that takes place at the center. The cards are being displayed at the entrance to the pediatric unit.
Multi-Grammy-winning artist and Medal of Freedom recipient Arturo Sandoval visited James Hubert Blake High School on Dec. 3. Sandoval led a workshop for members of the Blake HS jazz band and spoke to students and guests about his life experiences and musical career.
Kennedy HS IB Students Help Those in Need
The winter holidays have been a time for service learning projects for the students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at John F. Kennedy High School. This year, students are spearheading several projects. Students decorated the HSC Pediatric Center for the holidays, with trees arranged in every lounge for the children and their families to enjoy, under the supervision of senior Helen Mamo. Students also collected funds to donate to the Red Cross for victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines, and medical supplies for a Haitian medical center. The project for the Haitian medical center was organized by senior Carina Marquez, and the supplies will be delivered by IB French teacher Elmide Meleance. Finally, students adopted two families from the House of Ruth, which assists families escaping domestic abuse, and, under the supervision of senior Gloria Munayco, delivered donations of new toys, clothes and household supplies for two moms and their children.