Students Help the Community on Brighton Believes Day of Caring

All Brighton students participated in a day of service during the Brighton Believes Day of Caring on March 6. The four schools offered age-appropriate service projects and guest speakers that allowed students to demonstrate the Brighton Beliefs and help others.

At Council Rock Primary School, students made no sew blankets for kids at the Childcare Center on Troup Street and Mt. Hope Family Center; laundry detergent bags for Center for Youth; pillowcase gifts for Ryan’s Case for Smiles; birthday cards for Woodside Manor residents; hope rocks for Highland Park; no sew blankets for medically fragile dogs at the Mia Foundation; centerpieces for the dining room at the Jewish Home; snack bags for Ronald McDonald House; toys for cats and dogs at Lollypop Farm; and toys for ravens and bobcats with Wild Wings. 

At French Road Elementary School, all students created kindness rocks to be distributed around the Brighton community.  

At Twelve Corners Middle School, representatives from over community organizations visited the building to talk to students. The organizations were: the Pirate Toy Fund, Sisters of St. Joseph, Daystar, Al Sigl, Jordan Health Center, JLR Diaper Bank; Intervol; ABVI, Gandhi Institute, School of the Holy Childhood, Owen’s House, Brighton Your Wardrobe, Brighton Food Cupboard, Pencils and Paper, No One Left Behind, Villa of Hope, YWCA, Children Awaiting Parents, Saint’s Place, Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha, Boys and Girls Club, Mary Cariola, Ronald McDonald House, Catholic Family Center, Mary’s Place, Advent House, House of Mercy, Kids Miracle Making Club, Breast Cancer Coalition, Sojourner House, Center for Youth, Camp Good Days, Habitat for Humanity, Autism Up, Asbury Dining Center, Nativity Prep, Foodlink, and R Community Bikes. 

Sixth graders collected baby items for Owen’s House Crisis Nursery, JLR Diaper Bank, and Sojourner House; seventh graders collected school supplies for Pencils and Paper, Center for Youth, Mary’s Place, and for Saipan typhoon victims; and eighth graders collected toiletries for Asbury House of Mercy, Center for Youth, Sojourner House, and the Brighton Food Cupboard. PTSA hosted a reception for the speakers. 

At Brighton High School, students created 30 fleece blankets for Owen’s House and the Open Door Mission; made over 600 pairs of no slip socks for Owen’s House and Rochester General Hospital; wrote over 150 supportive and positive letters to men and women serving in the military all over the world; made over 50 dog and cat toys for Lollypop Farm; made over 600 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and bag lunches for the Open Door Mission; collected over 100 jars of peanut butter and jelly for the Brighton Food Cupboard and the Open Door Mission; and created over 100 cards for young children living with terminal illnesses with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Ninth grade Class Council, Girl Up, Model UN, Key Club, International Club, Black Student Union, Friends of Rachel, and the field hockey team led the activities.  

Thank you to all of the PTSA volunteers and staff members that helped make the event a success. 

The schools also presented 2019 Brighton Believes Awards during the day. At CRPS, the winners were: Kylie Jo Sawyer, Miranda Stefano, Heidi Vorrasi, Brayden Garofalo, Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady, and Hannah Cady. At FRES, the winners were: Chris Simmons, Daniella Miller, Patty Scarlata, Trevor Nolan, Brooke Allen, Tara Minor, and Bobby Jones. At TCMS, the winners were:Wesley Sturrup, Kyle Jacoby, Reilly Rosato, Shannon Times, Dr. Michael Mendoza, and Leslie Seltzer. At BHS, the winners were: Maranne McDade Clay, Erika Stanat, Mekada Bell, Ava LeBoo, Sean Metz, Nolawit Belachew, Sam O’Connor, Samiha Islam, Kathy Boline, Ellie Rosenbloom, and Megan Cooper.