YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A group of fourth-grade students from Crompond Intermediate School recently presented the service projects they worked on this holiday season in an effort to better the world.

Introducing the projects at the Dec. 19 Board of Education meeting, Principal Lori Roberts said the goal was to provide students with the opportunity to experience authentic learning while exploring ways to think about the community and world. The projects focused on three broad topics: people, the environment and animals, and technology.

Projects included collecting recyclables and donating proceeds to Relay for Life; making origami butterflies for sick children at Northern Westchester Hospital; “adopting” endangered species of animals; collecting food and toys for the ASPCA; collecting recyclables and donating proceeds to enable a family in Guatemala to become trained beekeepers as a way of providing for their families; creating infomercials about endangered bats on YouTube; and making donation boxes filled with surprises for children at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

The students told the school board and audience what their class projects entailed and then gave each board member a list of the projects that folded up into a decorative gift box. They then sang “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.”