South Orangetown Central School District

On Friday, South Orangetown Middle School students in Emily McKay and Amanda Duffy’s math class volunteered for “Meals That Heal” and prepared lunch for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley, on the grounds of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Westchester. The residence provides a “home away from home” for families whose children are receiving care at the hospital.

The “unforgettable” service experience was the culmination of several areas of study, reports Ms. McKay. “In social studies, the students learned about community activism and peer leadership, and discussed ways to become positively involved at SOMS and in their local community. In math class, students engaged in a problem-based unit project to plan for the Meals That Heal visit with a given budget. They planned the menu, researched recipes, and shopped online to compare prices for the best deals,” she explained.

At Ronald McDonald House, students were hands-on in the kitchen preparing pizza, pasta and cookies and serving dishes to the 12 families staying on-site–a great example of SOMS students doing well AND doing good!

Group of students and teachers under "Ronald McDonald House" sign