PQ Kindergartners Spread Cheer to Ill Children

Kody Alvarez smiles with his Feel Better Snowman card. Credits: Britt Togonon
Gia Gileno from Mrs. Lodewick’s class. Credits: Britt Togonon
Snowman creations for patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Credits: Britt Togonon
Daniel Shao proudly displays his snowman. Credits: Britt Togonon
Sophia Becker Credits: Britt Togonon
Christopher Haxhari Credits: Britt Togonon
From left Kinsey Levesque and Ella Santis Credits: Britt Togonon
Everett Fryer from Mrs. Lodewick’s class. Credits: Britt Togonon

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— Kindergartners at North Salem’s Pequenakonck Elementary School continued to bring smiles to others in February as part of the ongoing ONE CUB kindness initiative, a program unique to PQ.  Students decorated “Feel Better Snowmen” cards to bring some cheer to the pediatric patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Prior to making the cards, paraprofessionals Lisa Finer, Claudia Badia, Carole Galligan and Britt Togonon read the Caldecott Medal winner, “A Sick Day For Amos McGee,” by Philip C. Stead, to the kindergartners.  They explained that making others feel better when they are ill is one way we can all share kindness.  The students were soon busy coloring, gluing on sequins & stickers as well as the following message of friendship and cheer:

This little snowman comes to say,

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“Hope you feel better today!”


The Pequenakonck Kindergarten

PQ’s youngest learners were excited to create these cards, and discovered that spreading joy and smiles to others can make your own heart happy too.  The project was truly a labor of love.

Article courtesy of Britt Togonon and Lisa Finer

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