This has been a month overflowing with community generosity towards Bridgehampton Head Start, full of events and giving.
On November 13th, the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, did a cultural awareness presentation with the story of a unique butterfly, that had the kids enthralled. After the presentation, the children each made their own special butterfly puppet. As they 'fluttered' their puppets around they saw that each individual butterfly, was made more beautiful as it blended in the rainbow they created in the room.
November 19th was our day to give thanks at the center. On that day, The Greek Orthodox Church of Southampton, Kimisus Tis Theotokou, delivered Thanksgiving baskets for all of our 52 families. Each basket was overflowing with everything needed for a feast and leftovers. It was so beautifully presented and given with such grace.
The Police Benevolence Association then brought 15 frozen turkeys for our neediest families. Gobbles were heard all around the center!
But the joy kept coming... In the afternoon, Temple Adas Israel, came with their Hebrew School for a sharing of culture and traditions. Our students and their students, shared songs, dances and games in Spanish, English and Hebrew. We made a friendship bracelets to exchange. and worked together making knotted blankets for some of the families who suffered greatly during Super Storm Sandy. The Temple also donated art supplies and books as well as some beautiful Down Jackets from an anonymous donor. It was a true celebration full of laughter and smiles.
On the 20th, Katie’s puppets came and did an amazing puppet show, with the help of Mr. Mouse. What makes her show even more exciting, beyond her talent and sense of humor, is that her puppets and puppet stage are made out of recycled materials. After the show Katie showed each child how to make a puppet out of things that might end up in a landfill, teaching the children to be resourceful, creative and green. The children were bursting with excitment!
In the spirit of "paying it forward," our kid's decorated boxes that are being filled by Long Island Head Start with relief items, for families in western Long Island that were hit hardest by the storm. The joy on the kids' faces as they decorated the boxes was beautiful, they realised they had much to share with others and that giving feels really good as well.
The staff here at Bridgehampton Head Start want to take this time to wish all families and friends a wonderful holiday season. Take the time to enjoy your families,friends and the season.