Elementary Students Help Those in Need

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Kim Gentile and Marie Poelker’s second-grade students from Babylon Elementary School participated in a community service project to benefit Haven House Bridges, a Long Island establishment that provides housing and support services to people in need.
    
Haven House Bridges provides housing, training and guidance to homeless families, single mothers and their young children, as well as individuals and families affected by illness. The shelter also includes a preschool.
    
To lend a handing help, the students collected travel size toiletry items, such as toothpaste, soap, lotion and shampoo, and placed the items in individual bags for distribution. “The children secured the bags closed with flowers they made during art class, along with handwritten notes with kind wishes for the families that received them,” Mrs. Poelker said of the project. “Thank you to the students, and also to the classroom aides and family members who were on hand to lend support.”