What a Difference a Day Makes

Harbor Day held its annual Make a Difference Day event on a beautiful fall day on October 27, 2018. Over 192 Harbor Day families, faculty, and staff helped contribute to making this day so successful. This event could not have happened without the skill and preparation of co-chairs Nicki Cudzil and Lisa Isola. They took much time to plan and develop such a meaningful day for the students and parents.

The day was the culmination of an entire month's worth of organization and preparation, driven by the students' desire to do something positive for those in need. All HDS families were invited to participate in this community service event by either attending, donating, or hosting their own table. There was an overwhelming response from students wanting to support various causes. Donated items came pouring in the weeks prior to the event from our own community. During Make a Difference Day, students arrived with smiling faces ready to work at their sponsored tables; either by making or selling crafts or treats or collecting donated goods. There was so much support and good spirit that accompanied the day sending a powerful and strong message to our HDS community that through kindness and generosity, we can make a difference in someone's life. Mrs. Cudzil and Mrs. Isola also posted handprint cutouts with the names of every family who contributed to this day. They can be found in the front office. See the list of charities and how our students contributed. We couldn't be more proud and thankful for everyone’s support. Bravo!

CHARITY
RESULTS*
HUMAN OPTIONS
50 pairs of socks, 25 new towels
SAVE THE SEALS NOW
307 rolls of toilet paper, 21 jugs of Tide, 7 bottles of Karo, 5 Pedialytes, 9 trash bag boxes, $480 in sales
SOLES FOR SOULS
150 pairs of shoes collected
CHOC
9 cheerful posters
CAMP PENDELTON
120 paracords assembled & 120 Cheer Bags prepared for troops
NEWPORT BEACH ANIMAL SHELTER
160 chew toys assembled
LIGHTHOUSE MINISTRY
54 pairs of jeans, 48 bungee cords, 30 backpacks, 385 sack lunches, 50 toiletry bag kits made, 500+ additional small toiletries collected
ME TO WE
300 cans and 200 packaged goods
POPCORN TABLE
TOTAL FOR ALL FOOD/DRINKS TABLES = $691
4TH GRADE GIRLS SCOUTS
$170 in sales
1ST GRADE DAISY SCOUTS
33 Color A Smiles
2ND GRADE GIRL SCOUTS
32 dog capes & 30 Color A Smiles
CLEAN WATER PROJECT
$47 in sales
NATIONAL ALOPECIA AREATA FOUNDATION
$149 in sales, sold 11 bracelets and 76 chocolates
LOVE 4 RESCUES
31 blankets, 127 towels, 35 bags/cans of dog food, 42 dog toys, $76 in sales of keychains
MUSIC THERAPY DEPT AT CHOC
$257 in sales
MBAHE SCHOOL
50 booklets
CENTRAL ORANGE COAST BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
100 uniforms, 30 pairs of shoes, 25 pieces of sports equipment
CLEATS FOR KIDS
30 pairs of cleats
HUMANE SOCIETY OF AMERICA
$215 in sales
SOS
25 Thanksgiving cards with meals for the homeless
UCI UNIVERSAL CHARITY
35 pairs of sneakers, few first aid items, 105 inspiring notes
BLIND CHILDREN’S CENTER OF SANTA ANA
75 jingle bells and 200 pages of sensory book contents
PENCILS OF PROMISE
160 lollipops sold, $200 in sales
MARINE MAMMAL CENTER
$208.00
* Please note: This list includes all the charities who had submitted statistics. This is not the complete list of charities involved.


Quotes:
“I am very thankful to the parents who spent days organizing such a wonderful event and to the Harbor Day School families who donated shoes and first aid items to those in need at the Universal Institute of Charity. Thank you also to the students who gave up their precious free time on Saturday to volunteer at the shoe donation table and many other tables to help and to write motivating messages to those fleeing the country of Venezuela by foot looking for better life opportunities.” – Mrs. Cambra, Spanish Teacher

“I donated to the homeless because I wanted to help them. I felt bad for them and how they are treated. They should be treated equally.” - Leigh B., 4th grade

“My friends and I thought it would be really fun and we wanted to help save the turtles.” Gabrielle L., 3rd Grade

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Harbor Day School is a co-educational private independent K-8 school established in 1952.