Knitting for a Cause. As part of a sewing lesson during Family and Consumer Sciences classes, 300 eighth grade students at Murphy Junior High School learned how to knit caps for infants, and made about 250 of them to donate. The caps went to Stony Brook University Hospital's neonatal unit and pediatric oncology departments, from which a nurse practitioner visited the classes to explain that the hospital goes through about 1,700 caps per year. Some were also donated to the school's food pantry.
Bench, Garden Donated to Jefferson's Ferry. Fifth grade students at Setauket Elementary participated in a year-long project at Jefferson's Ferry retirement community in which they volunteered once a month to spend time with the residents and decorate the home. For their final project, the students designed and decorated park benches along with a garden for the facility's outdoor courtyard.
Students Celebrate Flag Day. Throughout the school district, students donned red, white and blue, sang patriotic songs, and read prize-winning essays from the district's "Patriotic Essay" contest to celebrate Flag Day. Members of the armed forces and veterans presented student speakers with flags, handshakes and salutes. Mount principal Nathalie Lilavois told the students the flag is "our most cherished national symbol...which represents courage, innocence and justice."