All three Kindergarten classes at Summit Lane School helped our school nurse, Mrs. Jean Jannetti, collect travel size toiletry items for the American Red Cross. The Kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Stewart, Mrs. Garcia and Ms. Jennaco, wanted to encourage the students' learning about Community Helpers as a part of their Social Studies curriculum, as well as "help our veterans". Since the students were learning about Veterans Day on Nov. 11th., Mrs. Jannetti was collecting items for "veterans in need" to be given to over 300 veterans expected to attend a Homeless Veterans Stand-Down, scheduled to take place at the Marine base on Stewart Ave. in Garden City on November 21st.
At a stand-down, the veterans: get a haircut, have a hot turkey Thanksgiving meal, receive food items, winter coats, clothing, eye glasses, a hot shower, and are able to meet with federal, state and local agencies for assistance. The American Red Cross attends the stand-down to distribute comfort kits to our veterans in need. The Kindergarten students also made "Thank You" cards in class to include in the comfort kits. Mrs. Jannetti was thrilled to bring two large boxes as well as three large bags of items to the American Red Cross from Summit Lane Kindergarten students. It was "heartwarming" to see how excited the Kindergarten students were to bring their donations to the Nurse's office and add them to the "American Red Cross" box for the veterans. Mrs. Jannetti was extremely appreciative, and the Kindergarten students learned a great deal about helping our veterans in need!