BUC Night caps Acts of Kindness
Burrell High School is paying it forward in remembrance of the lives lost during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
The school is using its first annual Burrell Unites Communities (BUC) Night to help cap its “26 Acts of Kindness.”
“26 Acts of Kindness” is an initiative that's been taken up around the world to commemorate the 26 people killed in the Connecticut school shooting on Dec. 14.
“We had a book donation drive for Sandy Hook, and they wrote us back asking us to do something in our community to honor the people who died,” said John Boylan, the high school principal. “The students took the initiative to do ‘26 Acts of Kindness' and really put all this together.”
Thursday's BUC Night will feature a volleyball tournament, kids' games, a multimedia room where folks can watch videos students made talking about “26 Acts of Kindness,” story time and high school students teaching younger children about different sports.
BUC Night is an all-ages event and is free. It will take place on the high school grounds from 6 until 8 p.m. Attendees are asked to wear green and white — Sandy Hook Elementary's school colors.
Boylan said the high school's student government has played a large role in making BUC Night a reality.
“We thought this would be a great idea to get the community together,” said 17-year-old junior Alexandra Sharick, a Burrell High School student government member.
Junior Valerie Szypulski said she hopes children in the lower grades learn from what the high school students are doing.
“We want them to know how important it is to have acts of kindness in their lives,” the 17-year-old said.
Sharick and Szypulski said students are already collecting canned goods, prom dresses, new and lightly used clothing, shoes, teddy bears, pet supplies, school supplies, and G-rated and PG-rated DVDs.
Students will continue collecting those items at BUC Night from anyone who wishes to donate them.
All items collected will be donated to local charitable organizations, Boylan said.
R.A. Monti is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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