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Jackson Heights students Jacob Roseberger, Gage Ovitt, and James Elmore work with Teacher Assistants Kate Saltis, Claudia Michon, and Christal Winter-Walton to prepare the first meal of the fundraiser.

Jackson Heights students become “Heroes for the Homeless”

April 15, 2014 — They peeled the potatoes, helped with marketing and sales, and went from special education students at Jackson Heights to “Heroes for the Homeless!” Kristy Brennan’s class decided they wanted to give back to the community by raising money to help the homeless. So students planned a lunchtime fundraiser for faculty and staff.

“On Friday, March 21st, we cooked chicken chili and Tuscan soup as a group,” says Mrs. Brennan, “and staff members made donations to enjoy the lunch that was provided.” All proceeds will go to the Wait House and Open Door Soup Kitchen.

The students wrote grocery lists, helped make posters to advertise, helped prepare the food, and cleaned up. “We calculated costs together,” says Mrs. Brennan. “This is a great life skills activity!”

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Special Education teacher Kristy Brennan peels potatoes with Jackson Heights student James Elmore.

Price Chopper donated a $25 gift card to the class to put toward their shopping needs. Mrs. Brennan says the group plans to continue the effort on Fridays through the remainder of the year.

“The students really enjoyed it and were very excited that we raised $81.78 during the first Friday of service,” said Mrs. Brennan.