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At the start of December, Horace Mann held its annual Caring In Action Day. This year the event was expanded in both size and scope so that we, as a school community, could work to respond to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Members from all four divisions of the school participated, and the results speak for themselves. We prepared 920 sandwiches for the Yorkville Common Pantry, packaged 19 boxes of non-perishable food for the Westside Campaign Against Hunger, wrapped 291 toys for the Riverdale Mental Health Association, wrote 108 cards to Hurricane Sandy first responders, planted trees in Van Cortlandt Park, and collected more than 30 boxes of books to be delivered to schools in Brooklyn still recovering from the storm. Everyone who attended the event had a great experience, and we all look forward to many more service-learning events in the coming months. The success of Caring In Action Day was a testament to what we can accomplish when we come together as a school community. I could not be more proud to be an HMer.
Although the results of Hurricane Sandy showed devastation around the Tri-State area, it also brought out a great sense of community. Horace Mann School was one of the places where the sense of community was amplified to extraordinary lengths. Several events were postponed including the fall theatre production Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Senior Absurdity Day, a Choral Concert and all sports activities. After the storm, although Horace Mann was closed for the week, we pulled together to get things up and running. Dr. Kelly opened his home to several students so that they would have access to power and internet, the library extended its hours to 9pm so that students could complete work all their homework before going home. Buses allowed students who normally took the subway or were driven to school to ride, and even the cafeteria pitched in and offered dinner this week for all Horace Mann families and the local community. After the storm, although we were hit hard, it gave us the opportunity to see what a wonderful community we have here.
Last Saturday, Horace Mann held is fifth annual All-School Service-Learning Day. For the past four years, Service-Learning Day has been a culmination of the yearlong work of the students on the Service-Learning Team. The Service-Learning Team is a group of Upper Division students that works weekly with elementary-aged students in the surrounding Bronx neighborhoods on homework, music, drama, robotics, cooking, and many more activities. For Service-Learning Day, Horace Mann worked in conjunction with many schools and organizations, including the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, the Marble Hill Community Center, the Bronx Center for Science and Math, the High School of American Studies, and Van Cortland Park. Throughout the day, there were various service activities including mural painting, robotics, gardening, fun activities with younger children, magic, trail clean up in Van Cortland Park, and so many more. This year, Service-Learning Day was the largest and most successful that it has ever been. Hundreds of people came together to help and serve the greater community. As always, we look to the future for a bigger and better Service-Learning Day next year and for years to come. We hope you join us!
Having just completed the admissions process for entry to Horace Mann this September, we want to congratulate all of the newly admitted students who will be joining us this fall. We saw a lot of really amazing applicants, and after many difficult decisions, we are very excited about each and every new student we will be welcoming in September. See you next year!
The Service Learning Team has begun preparing for our Service Learning Day. Even though the actual event is not until April 21st, the logo contest for both the t-shirt that will be given out and for murals and flyers to promote the event is well on its way. We already have gotten some great submissions! All divisions are eligible (and highly encouraged!) to participate in putting together a simple logo reflecting the day's theme: working together with others in our community. We're definitely going to have a hard time choosing which logo to put on the t-shirt this year!
Alphabet Agnes brings letters to us on her headband with a heart on it. She didn't come today but she came yesterday. One time she brought 2 letters. The first letter she brought was "F" and we made words with it.