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Connolly Student Council has a Message of Hope for Ukraine

Connolly Student Council has a Message of Hope for Ukraine
Members collect 12 boxes of supplies and write letters to spread kindness to Ukrainian children

GLEN COVE, NEW YORK (MAY 2022) — When the fifth-grade students in the Connolly Elementary School Student Council heard about the war ravaging Ukraine, they were compelled to help those who were impacted by the devastation.

They teamed up with Assemblyman Charles Lavine and began collecting supplies such as toothpaste, paper towels and clothes. Students also made “friendship cards” to spread messages of kindness and hope to the Ukrainian children, some of which were written in Ukrainian. These were packaged with gifts for the children like crayons, markers and colored pencils.

The Student Council completed their collection with enough supplies to fill 12 boxes, which Assemblyman Lavine has since shipped overseas. Recently, he appeared at Connolly Elementary School to thank the students for their efforts and pick up their donations.

“I am so proud of each and every member of our Student Council for their dedication to helping the children of Ukraine. I want to thank Assemblyman Lavine for taking the time to talk to our students about the importance of helping our neighbors overseas,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna.

The collection, which was organized by teachers Sue Stanco and Nancy Gorman, is part of the Student Council’s commitment to lending a hand where it is needed and spreading compassion both in and outside the walls of Connolly Elementary School.

Assemblyman Lavine spoke to the students about the need to stand up against bullying and explained that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an example of one country bullying another. He also told them that they would always look back on this tragic war with the knowledge that they stepped up and helped those who were most hurt by it.

During his visit, Assemblyman Lavine also brought a familiar face to the Connolly Elementary School family – his wife, Ronnie Lavine, who taught at the school for 23 years before retiring. She also thanked the students for their efforts and expressed her pride in seeing such compassion displayed where she once taught. 

The Connolly Elementary School Student Council recently collected 12 boxes of supplies to assist Ukraine and teamed up with Assemblyman Charles Lavine to ship them overseas. 

Assemblyman Lavine recently appeared at Connolly Elementary School to thank the students for their efforts and pick up their donations. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna commended the students for supporting those impacted by the war. 

Students made “friendship cards” to spread messages of kindness and hope to  Ukrainian children, some of which were written in Ukrainian.