South Orangetown Central School District

Since February, the TZHS Leo Club has participated in nearly a dozen service activities to support our school community and local organizations. From outreach to aid our homeless (Midnight Run), hungry (Soup Angels) or ill (Penguin Plunge) neighbors in need, to caring for the environment (Van Wyck Road cleanup) and supporting elementary school families (babysitting at SOCES PTA meetings), members’ collective volunteerism builds community. Most recently, the Leos volunteered at the Blauvelt Lions Memorial Day Ceremony in Lions Park.

The club connects students directly with local nonprofits to provide meaningful service opportunities that have a direct impact. “It is so rewarding for me, as the Leo advisor and as a Blauvelt Lion, to see so many of our Leos truly enjoy volunteering in the community and serving others. Leos around the world are the youngest members of Lions Clubs International and embody the Lions motto ‘We Serve,’” says TZHS teacher and club advisor Tricia Castelli. “Our members are always ready to help out, whether to help the Blauvelt Lions in their various volunteer endeavors or charity fundraisers as well as other community and district organizations, to help out at Soup Kitchens and to participate in Breakfast and Midnight Runs to Manhattan to feed the homeless. It’s truly an honor to work with them.”

Group of Leo Club members and advisors outdoors at the Penguin Plunge on the Hudson River