ARMONK, N.Y. -- Faculty at H.C. Crittenden Middle School in Byram Hills believe students are never too young to help others. So each year, the school sets aside a day to teach students how to make a difference.
At this year’s Power of One Day on Monday, students learned about a variety of problems and ways young people can become agents of change. They heard from a Canadian girl who blogs about the environment and a New Jersey mayor who works to support schools for refugee girls in Syria. The students also participated in workshops that touch on sustainability, human rights and social justice.
“It is our hope that all students will be inspired by Power of One Day to make a positive difference in their world,” said teacher Mary Staudt, who helped organize the day’s activities at Crittenden. The entire student body listened to the keynote speakers, 11-year-old Hannah Alper and Prospect Park, N.J., Mayor Mohamed Khairulla.
Sixth-graders attended workshops that highlight many local charities, including Habitat for Humanity, the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
Crittenden’s administrators and faculty said the day teaches students how to learn about issues and take small steps that can help solve local and global problems.
Workshop participants helped organize a charity soccer tournament to be held at the middle school at a later date.
During the day, students also had an opportunity to immediately start helping others. Some students ran a charity lemonade stand to aid cancer research while others sell fair trade crafts. Different teams of students worked to create a music video highlighting acts of kindness at HCC; worked on teddy bears that will be donated to needy children; created care packages of school supplies to send to refugee children; designed pillowcases to be sent to a homeless shelter; and used picture books to teach younger students at The Wampus School in Byram Hills about inspiring leaders.
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