The kids at Central Park East Middle School and SPINS 4 Peer Leadership located on Madison and 106th showed me that Facundo Cabral was right when he wrote that piece.
After the explosion that occurred in our neighborhood on March 12th 2014, they wanted to help and (under the leadership of Students Coordinator Terri Miles) decided to start a fundraiser for a family they wanted to ‘adopt’.
For the next 4 weeks they collected clothes, toys and cash and then on Friday May 30th they presented Giselle Avila and her 3 kids with all the results of their efforts.
They prepared a beautiful ceremony where they sang, danced, recited poetry and got to know their new adopted family. They made sure Ms. Avila knew that they consider her part of their extended family and to stay in touch with them if she ever needs anything else.
I was inspired to see these young students, who at their age are usually distracted by the pressures of teenage life, dedicate their time and effort to reach out and make a difference in their community to those who needed it most.
It’s a shame that big gestures like this are not given media attention as much as the negative stuff.
It goes to show that good will has no age limit. At the end of the day we will be all right as a society because goodness lives in and around everyone of us.