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Lending a Helping Hand

Members of the Port Jefferson Middle School National Junior Honor Society and Interact Club volunteered their time on May 18 to help clean up Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches. 

The students, under the direction of honor society adviser Michelle Landetta and Deirdre Filippi, adviser of the Interact Club, helped prepare the camp’s grounds for summer by raking leaves, planting, painting and mulching.  

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is dedicated to serving mentally and physically disabled children on Long Island. 
Get Off My Lawn May 29, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Much better than forced community service. Districts should strongly encourage their students to volunteer, but community service in our schools should be part of optional extracurriculars, not mandatory requirements. There are a plethora of more efficient and effective ways to urge students to give to others. Schools should hire generous and enthusiastic teachers who will help supervise service projects. Administrators should allot money and school resources for after-school activities in the community. Making optional service easy and attractive can be a daunting task, especially for poorer districts, but this must be a priority. Students should be learning to help others. But schools must encourage, not force, their students to act on values parents should already have instilled in their kids


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