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Community Service Club helps with food drive, nursing homes

Credit: Kidsday staff artist / Jean Yoo, Jericho

In our school we have a Community Service Club, and we get to participate in activities in our community that help others. One event that we get involved in is the Turkey Trot, which is organized by our physical education department.

The Turkey Trot takes place in November, and it is a run we do at our school to collect food for families in our district for the holiday season. It is a mile race around the school grounds, and you can run, walk, or jog. To be able to race, you have to bring a nonperishable food item, which the Community Service Club will later sort and organize to give to families in our district.

The Community Service Club also visits the elderly at St. Johnland Nursing Center in Kings Park throughout the year to help the residents practice for the Golden Games. At the Golden Games, nursing homes compete against other nursing homes in fun games. We help them practice games like bowling and volleyball.

When we volunteer to help with bowling practice, we learn how to push the wheelchairs and keep the residents safe. We push them in their chairs to the ramp that helps them roll the bowling ball down to the pins. We also get the ball and set up the pins after each frame.

When we help the residents practice for volleyball, we set up a net. Then we put chairs on our side of the net, and they sit in their wheelchairs or seats on their side, and we pass a balloon back and forth until a point is scored.

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