December 25th, 2013
Temple Hill Academy “Believes”
Temple Hill Academy English as a Second Language teacher Josephine Giglia-Byrne recently organized the staff and students at Temple Hill Academy to join in Macy’s “Believe” campaign to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 per letter. Students knew their letters would benefit this worthy cause and the children the foundation works with. This is the fourth year Giglia-Byrne organized and oversaw this building-wide project. This year December 6, 2013, was National Believe Day. Temple Hill Academy students from kindergarten through seventh grade participated in this worthwhile community service initiative.
“This was a learning opportunity for students at many different levels. All students had an authentic experience at letter writing skills as well as reflecting on wants, needs, and what is truly important to them. The letters from Temple Hill Academy varied in content to include: holiday wish-lists, help for the homeless, for community problems to be solved, jobs for the unemployed, healing from illnesses such as cancer, and hope for a peaceful world,” explained Giglia-Byrne. The letter writing campaign lasted approximately two weeks.
Giglia-Byrne, along with her husband, fellow teacher at Temple Hill Academy Charles Byrne, delivered over 850 letters to the Macy’s store in the Poughkeepsie Galleria. Store Manager Ron Tamburri and the employees there commented on and were impressed at the yearly participation of the Temple Hill Academy students, faculty and staff. In the past four years, through this letter writing campaign, Temple Hill Academy students have been responsible for over $2,850 being donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.