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A Builders Club spurs a community to service

Dec 08, 2012

Children PosingTroops overseas will be enjoying a bit of Brooklyn hospitality this holiday season thanks to the Marine Park Intermediate School Builders Club. Members once again supported Boatsies Boxes, which supports the U.S. military by creating stockings and other care packages to help them feel more at home while they are serving to protect our freedom.

This is the fifth year the Marine Park Intermediate School community has supported this organization, and it has been the biggest success to date with over 70 stockings filled with treats, which were sent to military personnel right before the Thanksgiving Holiday.

The Builders Club is a middle school branch of the Kiwanis organization that encourages its members to be of service to others. Mr. Lenny D'Ambrosia, a current Kiwanis member, approached Mrs. Regina Kieran several years ago with the idea to start a Builders Club at Marine Park Intermediate School. Mrs. Kieran eagerly jumped on board with the full support of Principal Debra Garofalo. The Builders Club has inspired everyone at IS 278 to get involved in serving the community, both near and far, in their own special way.

Almost every student and staff person helped in some way either by donating funds, supplies, or time to make the stockingt project a success. Many homeroom teachers, including Pat Remuto, Renee Brown, Danielle Powers and Susan Grandelli, created class stockings and donated items. Other teachers, such as Candis Pohl, helped organized and supervised the packing of the stockings.

“We have the best staff in Brooklyn!” says Faculty Advisor Regina Kieran. “Their generosity to others never fails to amaze and astound me.”

But the spirit of giving spread far beyond the four walls of Marine Park Intermediate School out into the larger community to help support this worthwhile cause. The office of Dr. Peter Millburn was prompted by a staff member to donate samples from their office. Girl Scout Troop 2789, led by Crystal Newman, the mother of sixth-grader Jessica Newman, had her troop create stockings, which were sent along with the stockings from the school.

The annual stocking drive is just one of the many ways the Marine Park Intermediate School Builders Club continues to help those in need. Some of the club’s other activities over the last few years have been to create cards for Meals on Wheels, hold food drives to benefit City Harvest, sponsor a jelly bean collection for the troops and help to support the Fort Hamilton Army Base’s Annual Holiday Party with ten boxes filled with toys. The generous support of the staff and students continues to energize all who are involved. Marine Park Intermediate School continues to be a place that inspires young people to be the best that they can be. Stay tuned to see the many great things that are happening there!

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