West End Students Sprinkle Kindness with Care Packages

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Lynbrook students and staff from West End Elementary School recently gave back to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The teachers pitched in on a dress-down fundraiser in March which resulted in the school’s student council raising approximately $100. Led by advisers Heather LaBarbera and Melissa Kulikowsky, student council members utilized the proceeds from the day to create three care packages for the families at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park based on the charity’s list of needs.

The students decorated each care package with stickers and filled each box with homemade cards, a coloring book, bubbles, laundry detergent, tooth brushes and toothpaste, floss, soap, shampoo and conditioner, dish soap, sponges and tissues. LaBarbera and Kulikowsky dropped off the care packages at the Ronald McDonald House and as a thank you, the Ronald McDonald House gave students their own bracelets for them to show off their support for the amazing charity.

Afterwards, the student council members met virtually with a representative of the Ronald McDonald Charities, Jovann Dixon. The students learned about how their efforts made a difference to the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Dixon shared that she was able to hand a care package off that very day to a family ready to go home and they were all set to restart thanks to the student council’s generosity.