19 Feb

Third Graders Making a Difference

Submitted by Roni Blaustein and Michelle Sussmann

The “Third Graders Making a Difference” program is now in its second year of implementation and our students are doing wonderful things to impact the lives of others. Each month our third graders focus on helping a different part of our local or global community.

During our inaugural year of implementing the “Third Graders Making a Difference” program, last year’s third graders (our current fourth-grade students) lead the Lower School in a collection of Box Tops for Education to benefit the St. Joseph’s School for the Blind in Jersey City, New Jersey. The St. Joseph’s School for the Blind provides specialized services for children and adults with visual impairments. For each box top collected from October 2014 through June 2015, the third graders raised ten cents for much needed supplies for this school.

With the sweeping participation of the whole Lower School, the third graders collected over 1,200 Box Tops for Education. We are pleased to report that, as a result of our combined efforts, the St. Joseph’s School for the Blind was able to purchase talking watches for six of their students. Below are some pictures of the recipients of these watches. We would like to thank the current fourth graders and the entire Lower School Community for making a difference in the lives of others.

Stay tuned for additional feature stories about the work that this year’s third graders are doing to make a difference in the local and global community.