Our school has joined a coalition of around 50 schools brought together by our PS107 grandparent, Mark Grashow, to help Syrian refugees who have fled the civil war in their homeland. They are now living in refugee camps in Jordan under difficult conditions. Some of these refugees have been displaced for over 7 years. We are taking action to help them through the newly formed STAR Project (Students Taking Action for Relief).
Each school has been tasked to collect approximately 30 boxes of a specific item with the intention of filling Mark’s 40-foot shipping container with needed supplies. On June 2nd, this container will be loaded onto a ship destined for Amman, Jordan. Once there, the container will be trucked to a refugee camp in Jordan by the United Muslim Relief organization [UMR www.umrelief.org].
We have joined the STAR Project to engage our students in an act of global citizenship. By coming together and mobilizing as part of a larger group, we illustrate that small actions can combine to help those in need, either near or far, in a meaningful way. Student representatives in 4th and 5th grade will help get our message out and will assist adult volunteers in sorting and packing the items collected for the shipment.
P.S. 107 will be collecting 30 boxes of Sports Uniforms and Soccer equipment. This includes T-shirts, shorts, socks, soccer cleats, soccer balls, and soccer cones. All schools in the coalition will also be collecting Housewares, which includes pots, pans, bowls, cutlery, cutting boards, and glassware.
We are collecting items on Wednesday, May 30th through Friday, June 1st. We will be bringing the items to the shipping container in Greenpoint on Saturday, June 2nd.
We hope all of you can help us in this effort in whatever way possible. Your participation will help us do something extraordinary together.