Syracuse City School District 4th Graders Lead the Charge in Service – Creating and Donating “LOVE KITS” to the Residents of James Square

Syracuse, New York, April 20, 2017 – A group of 4th graders from Meachem Elementary School have spent the last month collecting supply donations and encouraging other elementary, middle and high school students to join them in giving back to the community by serving the residents of James Square Health and Rehabilitation Centre and celebrating Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) on Friday, April 21, 2017 and Saturday April 22, 2017.  “There is nothing like witnessing students in utter excitement about giving back to others; especially when the event will take place during the last few days of their Spring break.  They could have decided to spend their time doing something else”, said Meachem Elementary School Principal Kathryn Moulton.

Activities Scheduled for Friday, April 21, 2017

Elementary, middle and high school students will join together to make 100 “LOVE KITS”, which will contain things like crossword puzzles, pens, toiletries, hair care products, socks, and other handy items.

Location:                  Vision Center, 1221 S. Salina Street (Marketplace Entrance)

Time:                         10:15 AM – 12:00 Noon            

Important Information:  Additional donations will be accepted and can be delivered to the Vision Center between 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Activities Scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017

The students are super excited about spending quality time with the residents of James Square. Students and adult volunteers will play games with, read stories to and present the residents with the “LOVE KITS”.

Location:                    James Square Health and Rehabilitation Centre, 918 James Street
Time:                          10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Samaia A. Goodrich, founder of the Let Our Voices Echo (LOVE) Project (Syracuse) is the lead organizer of the “LOVE KITS” initiative.  The youngest Syracuse City School District recipient of Syracuse University’s 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Unsung Hero Award, Samaia’s vision is to “encourage and empower all young people to make a difference NOW AND FOREVER”.   When asked why “LOVE KITS” the 9 year old 4th grader emphatically says, “because I want the elderly to know that someone cares.  We really care about our community and the people who live here”.

“Together We Let Our Voices Echo (LOVE) with Impact”