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Volunteer Spotlight: The Research and Service High School

November 1, 2016

With Project Sunshine's newest Kids for Kids chapter at the Research and Service High School starting the year off strong, "can we do more?" is the question that resonates throughout the halls and hearts of these volunteers. This school year the chapter has already completed one Sending Sunshine event as well as a fundraiser at their school–wide resource fair. During their Sending Sunshine event, volunteers came together to assemble Creative Arts & Craft Kits that were sent free of charge to partner hospitals throughout the United States.

Located in the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, this school's mission is to provide volunteer opportunities that help others. Jamillah Reed, the faculty advisor, said of the participating students, "They had such enthusiasm and a sense of pride in knowing that they were contributing to a good cause." Jamillah was introduced to Project Sunshine by her colleague and fellow faculty advisor, David Gray. David has a long history of service with Project Sunshine, and helped start a Kids for Kids chapter at a different school in the past. He wanted to bring the impact with him to the Research and Service High School. They both love that they “bring joy to young people and encourage other young people to help as well".

At the Research and Service High School, students interview to become Student Council members and it's this group of dedicated students that volunteer on a regular basis, coordinating and planning events throughout the school year. This school year, Project Sunshine is their main volunteer endeavor and all students will be given the opportunity to participate in activities. Just this month alone, Jamillah, David, and their students have spread sunshine and joy to dozens of young patients and their families. Their impact and willingness to help will increase their programming over this semester. This is only the beginning for the Research and Service High School, and we can't wait to see what happens next!

More Volunteer Stories of Interest

Sports Illustrated model, Damaris Lewis, volunteered for her second year as a Project Sunshine Dance Camp instructor to empower young women through dance.
Emilio Delgado, who has played Luis on Sesame Street for 40 years, brought sunshine to pediatric patients at Mount Sinai´s KidZone as part of Project Sunshine´s Book Club

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