Wheatley’s 7th Annual Day of Service and Learning takes place on 15 October. On this day, students and faculty join each other on a community service or service learning opportunity — upwards of three dozen activities spread across Long Island.
For the past several years, we have used the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks to “kick off” our Day of Service initiative. This serves to both acknowledge the horrors of 9/11/01 while turning this horrific day into one of service, love and giving.
With all students assembled in the auditorium and Room 450, a brief statement was read about what happened on 9/11/01, the aftermath of the attacks and the importance of remembering what happened. The statement was followed by a moment of silence.
After this, the program was turned over to Mrs. McCotter and Mrs. Chanin-Bermudez, the faculty coordinators of the Day of Service and Learning. They introduced the various activities to our students, spoke of the importance of service, and demonstrated how to choose an activity from the Day of Service and Learning website.
Students then broke into grade level meetings to discuss the Day of Service and plan grade-specific activities.