Not to be daunted by Halloween, ACS students decided to turn the day on its head, and instead of going trick or treating, they went out into the community to give back to the less privileged.
About 30 students from grades 10, 11 and 12 headed to two different charity organizations last week where they interacted with children through fun games and activities before offering them someHalloween goody bags.
On Tuesday October 27, 21 National Honor Society (NHS) students visited Dar Al Aytam Al Eslamieh in Beirut, where they spent around two hours, after school. The grade 11 and 12 students played with 30 kids, organizing drawing, coloring, and face painting activities, as well as a music session and a soccer game. By evening, goody bags had been distributed to all.
“This is an excellent opportunity for students to serve the community and specifically the children, said Suheir Sleiman, NHS faculty advisor. “Service is one of the NHS pillars that we consider when selecting students for the society.”
Sleiman added that such types of activities give ACS students the opportunity to interact in Arabic with less fortunate children. “It teaches them patience, leadership skills, and they get to appreciate more what they have,” she said.
Meanwhile, nine student from Grade 9 and 10 headed on Saturday, October 31, to St. Charles School, in Ashrafieh, which runs a special program for kids from problem homes and underprivileged areas, called the Foyer de L’amitie. There, ACS students played, cooked, decorated cupcakes, and cut out stars from cardboards with about 50 kids aged 7 to 14. Once the sheesh tawouk chicken and potatoes were devoured, all the kids also received goody bags, in keeping with the ACS Halloween spirit.
“It was really fun to organize this event and to see that it was well-appreciated,” said Celine Nour Smith, the tenth-grader who organized the outing based on a suggestion by the ACS community service coordinator, Hoda Shatah. “It felt really good to give back.”
For Shatah, who dedicates a lot of her free time to promoting community service among students, the reward of giving is much greater than that of receiving.“Real happiness comes from giving a present and seeing a smile on someone’s face,” said Shatah.