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Ames Students Get a Taste of Community Service

Ames Students Get a Taste of Community Service

Helping others is the mission of the Helping Hands club at Massapequa High School’s Ames Campus, and ninth-graders recently learned how much joy their selfless acts can bring to others. A dozen students went to the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park on Nov. 13 to bake for the families there.

“We made a small difference,” student Colin M. said. “It’s going to change the world, eventually, with everyone doing their part.”

The Ronald McDonald House provides a comfortable and supportive environment for families who have a child undergoing treatment for a serious pediatric illness. It allows families to stay together during a medical crisis. Volunteers provide numerous services including preparing meals and snacks. The Ames students worked in four teams of three to bake brownies, cinnamon bread, cookies and cupcakes.

Helping Hands advisers Alyssa Levine and Nicole Reiss said there are limited volunteer opportunities for students under 16 years old, but the Ronald McDonald House’s Little Hands Helping Little Hands Baking Program is specifically designed for children and teenagers.

“The students were seeing first-hand that there’s a need for their help,” Ms. Reiss said. “When you help other people, it’s more fulfilling than receiving anything for yourself.”

After the student finished baking, they received a tour of the facility and learned about the services offered. Student Lindsey B. said she had never been to the Ronald McDonald House before and was struck by the bright and colorful design with different themes for each room. She noted that there were many other volunteers there that day and it was uplifting to see so many people contributing to a good cause.