Acts of Kindness Connect Families to Community

Acts of Kindness Connect Families to Community
Posted on 03/12/2021

On a brightly sunny March 7th, 100 families from Hicksville Public Schools were provided parking spaces at the Broadway Mall to complete a chalk drawing, the culminating event of a three-week grades K-12 Kindness Challenge. The event was made possible by a collaborative effort involving the Hicksville Council of PTAs, the Broadway Commons Mall, and the Hicksville Public Schools.

“On behalf of the Hicksville Council of PTAs, it was an absolute pleasure to partner with Broadway Commons to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness within our community,” said Erin Guida, President of the Council of PTAs. “It was wonderful to see parents and children making special memories together while simultaneously supporting our local businesses and thanking our Hicksville Heroes.” 

“It was great!” said one member of a Hicksville High School chalk drawing team. “It brought us all together – something we have not been able to do for a year because of the pandemic.” 

Younger artists said it was “fun!” and that they learned about color blending as they made the blank parking spaces come alive with color and messages of kindness.

Many thanks to the Broadway Commons Mall for supplying the parking spaces, a bag of chalks, $10 gift card, and a blanket to each of the participant groups. And to the Nassau County Police, Hicksville’s Fire Department, PSEG LI workers, Legislator Rose Walker, members of Hicksville’s school board, and a representative from the Safe Center who attended to support the students and accept the Thank You cards the students created.

Congratulations to all the Kindness Challenge Chalk the Walk students and their families who truly believe that acts of kindness can change the world!

Here are the contest winners:
Most Unique: Crista Sara Saji, from Woodland
Best Elementary: the Fernandez Family from Old Country Road
Best Secondary: Lily Wagner, Saamia Hassan, Jasmine Roldan & Riya Jassi from Hicksville High School 
Best Kindness Statement: Suha Latif, Alexa Gomez, Ruby Dias & Prisha Dass from Hicksville High School

The PTA Council of PTAs and the school district would like to thank the following for their support of the Kindness Challenge:

PTA Presidents:
 - Cindy Garcia from Fork
 - Alyssa Fiorese (and her daughter, Jordana) from Septa
 - Mary Ospina (and her son, Mark) from East Street
 - Sharon Olivares from Woodland
 - Eileen Chen from Old Country Road
 - Annette Beiner from Hicksville High School & PTA Council 
 - Christine Weih - from PTA Council

DJ:
Robert Shapiro from Unforgettable DJ

Special Appearances:
 - Chad Wyman, Supervisor of Fine Arts
 - Stephanie Sullo, HCT President
 - Laura McConnell, OCR Principal
 - Brenda Judson, Board of Education Vice President
 - Carla Hoene, BOE Secretary 
 - Irene Carlomusto, BOE member
 - “Ed” LI Crewman from PSEG 
 - Elizabeth Flagler - Head of External and Internal Communications for PSEG
 - Debbie Lyons, Director of the Child Advocacy Center from the Bethpage Safe Center

Police Officers:
Giudice, Lovelace, Oswald, McCartin, Ragolia, and Rothwell

Firefighters:
Chairman Dwyer, Vice Chairman Merk, Commissioner Ofenlock, Commissioner Mulligan, 1st Assistant Chief Moskas, Lt. Niemczyk, Captain LaRosa, Firefighters Granville, Han, and Shah 

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Chalk the Walk organizers Erin Guida, President of Hicksville Council of PTAs, Amaka Oweazim-Muir, Senior Marketing and Business Development Director for the Broadway Commons Mall and Ken Hamilton, the mall’s General Manager, took a moment for a photo at the March 7th event that welcomed 100 families from Hicksville Public Schools.

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These Fork Lane sisters designed a beautiful “Be Kind” message in their parking space. 

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This family from Old Country Road School designed a prismatic ice cream cone with kindness message that went on to win one of the prizes awarded at the Chalk the Walk event.

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Hicksville High School’s team won the Best Secondary award at the Chalk the Walk event. They all agreed it was a fun event where they could work together on a large project after spending a year apart due to the pandemic.

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Sisters Abigail and Daniella from East Street Elementary designed a beautiful heart surrounded by rainbows and kindness messages at the Chalk the Walk event. 

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The Hicksville Fire Department raised a pumper truck ladder during the event to the delight of the Chalk the Walk attendees.

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Nassau County Police Officers attended the March 7th event and distributed footballs to the students.

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The Thank You cards created by Hicksville’s students during the Kindness Challenge were presented to PSEG LI crew members by a student and Legislator Rose Walker (center).

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The Kindness Challenge Thank You cards created by the school district’s students were presented to Nassau County Police Officers at the March 7th event.

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Firefighters attended the Kindness Challenge Chalk the Walk event to accept the students’ Thank You cards.

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Students displayed a few of the dozens of diapers and sundry items donated by the secondary students and the Hicksville Council of Teachers to the Safe Center, a local women’s shelter.

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This family’s chalk drawing won the “Most Unique” award at the March 7th event.

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This group of students won the award for “Best Theme” in the Chalk the Walk contest.

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Broadway Mall Marketing Director and “Chalk the Walk” judge Amaka Oweazim-Muir (right) presented a special award for “Judge’s Pick” to this family at Sunday’s event.