NEWBURGH - Once again, English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher Josephine Giglia-Byrne, organized the staff and students at Temple Hill Academy to join in Macy’s "Believe" campaign which raises funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1. This is the third year Giglia-Byrne organized and oversaw this building-wide project.
School-wide participation was seen on December 14th, which was National Believe Day. On this day, students wore red and white to show their support of this cause.
Students from kindergarten through sixth grade participated in this worthwhile community service. Mackenzie Collard’s first grade class was the first to eagerly submit their letters. All students had an authentic experience at letter writing skills as well as reflecting on wants, needs, and what is truly important to them. The letters from Temple Hill Academy varied in content to include; holiday wish-lists, help for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, for community problems to be solved, jobs for the unemployed, healing from illnesses such, shelter for the homeless, and hope for a peaceful world.
Representatives from Temple Hill Academy delivered over 600 letters to a local Macy’s store following the collection drive. At the time of this writing, Macy’s website reports that it has collected over 890,000 letters. In the past three years through this letter writing campaign, Temple Hill Academy students have been responsible for over $2,000 being donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"We are very proud of our students and teachers. Our students learned that through collaboration everyone’s individual efforts can make a big difference," said Giglia-Byrne.