Student Service and Leadership

Students in Grades 4-9 have the opportunity to become elected representatives to the Student Service and Leadership Group. This group of students works closely with two faculty advisors and the Community Service Coordinator to plan and implement meaningful service projects and social events for the entire student body. 
2016-2017 Student Service and Leadership Representatives:
Front Row, L-R: Max B. (Grade 5), Sofia S. (Grade 6), Tommy H. (Grade 4), Christian C. (Grade 4), Frederick P. (Grade 6)
Back Row, L-R: Peggy S. (Grade 9), Jack F. (Grade 9), Emma S. (Grade 8), Cassie B. (Grade 7), Piper J. (Grade 7), William R. (Grade 8) 
Absent: Jefferson McD. (Grade 5)

Service Projects

September 16-23
Backpack Program Food Drive to benefit Tuxedo School District
Tuxedo Park School families donated over 80 bags of shelf-stable food to keep local children nourished on days that free breakfast and lunch programs are not available.
Sixth grade students loaded the donations on to the truck headed for the Tuxedo School District Backpack Program.
Pink Bake Sale and Upper School Dance to benefit the Hudson Valley Cancer Resource Center
The Student Service and Leadership Group spearheaded the first bake sale of the year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Families were asked to provide goodies (think pink!) and, thanks to the organization and enthusiasm of the students, the bake sale was a HUGE success!
Proceeds from the bake sale and the Upper School Dance (also organized by the Student Service and Leadership Group) benefitted the Hudson Valley Resource Center. Students from the group presented a check for $600 to the Resource Center at an all-school Friday assembly. Way to make a difference, TPS!
Trick or Treat for UNICEF to benefit UNICEF
Before Halloween, each division at Tuxedo Park School took time to discuss UNICEF and the work that it does for children in
need throughout the world. Students were amazed to learn that just $5 can buy a soccer ball for a group of children to play with, that $15 can provide a child with safe drinking water for one year, and that $50 can provide 35 children with a day's worth of lifesaving nutrition. TPS students headed out for trick-or-treating with their orange UNICEF boxes and came back with over $800 - enough to provide three months of supplies for 4 teachers and 160 students!  What a wonderful way to share our belief in the importance of education with children in need.
November 20, 1pm
Pie Baking to benefit GAP (Grandparents Acting as Parents) and the Suffern Soup Kitchen
Each year, members of the TPS community gather to prepare Thanksgiving apple pies for families in need. Our annual pie baking community service took place on Sunday, November 20. Nearly 40 people joined together to slice apples, fill crusts, bake pies, and decorate boxes with Thanksgiving greetings. At the end of the afternoon, over 40 pies were made and ready to deliver to GAP (Grandparents Acting as Parents) and the Suffern Soup Kitchen. Thank you to all who participated!
December 2-16
Winter Giving Tree 
As part of our ongoing focus on community service, TPS collected new or handmade mittens, gloves, and hats to decorate our Winter Giving Tree. TPS collaborated with St. Mary’s Church to distribute the items to families in our local area. In addition to our donated items, the families received gift cards for groceries and/or other items for the holiday season through St. Mary’s Secret Angels project.
December 12-16
Peace for the Pets pet supply drive to benefit the Warwick Valley Animal Shelter.
In support of December's Making a Difference theme of peacefulness, the Student Service and Leadership Council added a day onto Secret Snowflake and asked for donations of pet items. Cassie B. contacted the Warwick Animal Shelter about their needs, and then, during a Friday assembly, spoke to the student body and faculty about the need to bring some peacefulness to pets at the shelter. The TPS community was more than generous with their donations. On February 9, Mrs. Morrisohn and Mrs. Vignola will drive the Student Service and Leadership Council to the animal shelter on the Happy Bus to deliver the items.
February 3
Linus Project Blanket Making to benefit Project Linus
Join us on Friday, February 3 at 3:00pm to make fleece blankets for the Linus Project. Students of all ages with their parents are welcome! Please bring: 1 yard (60 inches wide) of printed or solid fleece and good scissors for a baby blanket. If you would like to make a children's blanket, please bring 1 3/4 yards. Want to make a blanket but can't be at the event? You can follow the pattern found here and bring your completed blanket to school by Thursday, February 16, and we'll include it with our donations!
February 7
Special Olympics New Jersey (Grade 7)
May 12-19
Change for Change Drive to benefit No Kid Hungry - Share Our Strength

Community Service
Community service at Tuxedo Park School is founded on the belief that committing time and effort to those in need is an important core value for all members of our school community. The Community Service Program fosters this core value through education, connection, and action. The interaction of these three components serves to instill selflessness as an underpinning of character and engenders creative, thoughtful, and productive citizens.

The community service coordinator works together with faculty, the Parents’ Association, and the Student Service and Leadership Group to coordinate a variety of age-appropriate service projects throughout the year. Projects range from clothing or food drives to more hands-on experiences such as preparing meals for a local soup kitchen and helping at the Special Olympics. Projects for children and parents to work on together are organized along with the Parents’ Association.  

Upcoming service opportunities will be announced here as well as on the school events calendar. For more information, please contact Kristen Heard.

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