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Fairview Students Partake in Inaugural Give Back Week

Fairview students pose with "welcome home" baskets they made for Habitat for Humanity. Fairview Elementary School wrapped up its inaugural Give Back Week on Friday, Jan. 17.

This weeklong event provided students an opportunity to learn about a local non-profit organization that is helping others in their community. Each grade was assigned a different organization and participated in a "Give
Back" activity to illustrate the positive impact they can make. 

Each session began with a representative from a non-profit rganization speaking to the students about their own role, and their organization's goals.

The following organizations participated in the week-long event:

  • Arbor Terrace of Middletown: Kindergartners collected and donated games, and arts and crafts supplies for members of this
    senior living community.
  • Habitat for Humanity: First graders made "Welcome Home" baskets and cards for families who will
    be getting a new home from Habitat for Humanity.
  • The Backpack Crew: Second graders made bags of food which will go into backpacks that kids in
    need will receive in our community.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County: Third graders decorated pctire frames with inspirational
    messages for the kids in Boys and Girls Club to showcase their artwork and awards.
  • Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II, Memorial Fund: Fourth graders made boxes of items and thank you
    cards to be shipped to deployed troops. The mother of Lt. Zilinski also spoke with students. You can read more about the exchange in the Middletown Patch.
  • Blessing Bag Brigade: Fifth graders made bags with socks, deodorant, lotion, etc. for
    homeless residents in our area

"The families of Fairview gave generously, both in donations and in their time, to help make Give Back Week a success," said Fairview Principal Michael Melando. “When our PTO came to me with the idea of Give Back Week, I immediately said 'yes.' Our
character-education theme this year is “What can I do?.” Give Back Week tied in perfectly! It
was a huge success and we hope it becomes an annual Fairview tradition.”