8th Grade Community Awards
Zack Brymer, John Lovato Ramos, Isaac Reyes Banegas (2023)
Zack, John, and Isaac completed their community service project creating backpacks complete with several essential supplies at a local temple. The backpacks were then brought to the Long Beach Police Department where they will be used to help struggling and homeless people in the community. The three young men took it a step further and volunteered their time to clean up and organize various parts of the temple that needed attention. Zack, John, and Isaac saw something that needed to get done, and they took it upon themselves to take positive action.
Alexis McCormick & Adriana Klarikaitis (2022)
Alexis and Adriana completed their community service project of hosting a dog toy donation drive for Posh Pets Animal Shelter in Long Beach, New York. They began by creating advertisements and gathering donations from members of their school community. The donation drive was a great success, but Alexis and Adriana did not stop there. The girls also presented an idea to the Student Organization of Long Beach Middle School to have a pretzel sale to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and each of them saw it through from start to finish. They stayed after school and sold pretzels to students and faculty members raising over three hundred dollars toward their charity of choice. Alexis and Adriana are driven and determined to make the world a better place.
Patrick Harten (2021)
Patrick completed his community service project of hosting a toy drive for children in need. Patrick facilitated donations in the amount of over $500, and purchased toys from multiple retailers to maximize the amount of different toys he could buy. Patrick oversaw the entire process from start to finish where all toys were donated to Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that distributes toys to families who cannot afford them. Patrick is a genuine human and his compassion for families does not go unnoticed.
Nate Stark (2021)
Nate completed his community service project of hosting a food drive for the people in his community. Nate created posters, facilitated a donation area in his school, and collected non-perishable food items for the Long Beach community during an especially tough time with the COVID-19 pandemic. Nate gathered all of the donations and personally dropped them off at the Long Beach Soup Kitchen. Nate is a true leader and is capable of doing great things.
Jake Young (2020)
Jake completed his community service through multiple years of volunteering with the Little Saint Nick Foundation. He decided to take on this project during his free time and he has been named the Chapter Leader for New York State. Little Saint Nick is a foundation dedicated to easing the fear and anxiety of children in local hospitals. Every month for the last two years, Jake helped pack 850 gift bags containing a stuffed toy, coloring books and crayons for children. The first Friday of every month, Jake and his siblings dress in costumes and deliver boxes filled with gift bags to Cohen’s Children’s Hospital and the Winthrop Emergency and Recovery Department. Read more about Jake's work here.
Max Cornell & Tyler Shammas (2019)
Max and Tyler completed their community service project of "Building Bookshelves to Help Elders." They contacted a contractor who was willing to assist in the building of the bookshelves, located a business that donated the wood for the project, and found a nursing home and rehabilitation center that was in need of the bookshelves. They visited local libraries and acquired over twenty large print books to go on the bookshelves. “We helped make people’s lives a little bit better by just putting in some of our time. Imagine what we could do with more people, and more time.”
Mia Berseus (2019)
Mia completed her community service project, "African Library Project." She took on this project during her free time over spring break. She chose an organization to assist, planned out all of the details of how she would collect one thousand books, and set up a GoFundMe page to cover the shipping costs of all of the books to a school in Africa. Mia has a true desire to make a difference in this world.