2009-05-15 / School News

PS 183 Club Acts to Make Rockaway a Better Place

By Vivian Rattay Carter

Donation of the food to the First Congregational Church food pantry was arranged by: (standing, left to right) SFK staff advisor Jackie Smith; PS 183 Parent Coordinator Jacqueline Stillwell; Rebecca Ovadia, PS 183 librarian and sponsor of the SFK club, which has been in existence at the school for 3 years, and PS 183 Principal Renee Peart (not pictured). Donation of the food to the First Congregational Church food pantry was arranged by: (standing, left to right) SFK staff advisor Jackie Smith; PS 183 Parent Coordinator Jacqueline Stillwell; Rebecca Ovadia, PS 183 librarian and sponsor of the SFK club, which has been in existence at the school for 3 years, and PS 183 Principal Renee Peart (not pictured). Some students at PS 183 (The Richard Green School) are creating change in their neighborhood.

They joined a voluntary, international, after-school service-learning club called "Spirituality For Kids," and have collected over 500 boxes and cans of food to donate to the community food pantry at First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach.

The generosity and success of these youngsters, their families and neighbors demonstrates how Spirituality For Kids achieves its goals, which include "teaching children and teens how to transform their lives through hands-on active learning and by making choices to end the cycle of conflict and meet life's challenges with an awareness of themselves, of others, and of the interconnectedness of all things," a spokesperson for the program said.

Pastor Joseph Medlin of First Congregational Church reads a message of good wishes from the SFK club members. Students spoke of their participation in the club as a way to change bad behaviors and make Rockaway better for future generations, and to help themselves achieve more spiritual power in their lives. Pastor Joseph Medlin of First Congregational Church reads a message of good wishes from the SFK club members. Students spoke of their participation in the club as a way to change bad behaviors and make Rockaway better for future generations, and to help themselves achieve more spiritual power in their lives. Students who carried out this effort are pictured with some of the collected food, flanked by Jackie Smith (far left) and Daniel Tuttle (far right), both of SFK. Students who carried out this effort are pictured with some of the collected food, flanked by Jackie Smith (far left) and Daniel Tuttle (far right), both of SFK.

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