‘December to Remember’ hosts 4 service events on Saturday

Chronicle Staff

By Ana Scuric

Community Council organized four service events on Dec. 11 as a part of its “December to Remember” campaign.

Jessica Barzilay ’12, Conor Eliot ’11 and math teacher Jeff Snapp led eight students at Operation Gratitude, a national organization that sends care packages to troops overseas. By the end of the day, the group had assembled 600,000 packages for troops.

“I was really happy with how the event went,” Barzilay said. “It was incredibly rewarding to work alongside the families and show them that their relatives’ efforts are appreciated, especially during the holiday season.”

Gaby Cohen ’11 and Marissa Lepor ’12 organized an event with L.A. Family Housing. The group helps rehabilitate homeless people and reestablish their roles in society. Five students, chaperoned by history teacher Nini Halkett decorated cookies, gave gifts and painted the faces of children whose families were helped by the organization.

“Kids were saying it was really fun,” Lepor ’12 said. “One of the moms was talking about how excited her child was for the event.”

Reading Wheels volunteers spent the morning reading to children at 42nd Elementary School to help improve their comprehension skills.