Bronxville Union Free School District

Teachers Give ‘Hope’ to People in Need

Bronxville Elementary School teachers and staff members, who are instilling in their students the importance of being engaged citizens, served warm and nutritious meals to people in need at the HOPE Community Services’ soup kitchen in New Rochelle on Nov. 21.

Third-grade teacher Veronica Fiore, who led the volunteer efforts, along with elementary school secretary Mary Reilly and third-grade teachers Jasmine Cacace, Carol Fata and Judy Visoky, helped serve food to more than 150 people, many of whom live in the homeless shelter or subsidized housing. They served salad, ham, macaroni and cheese, string beans, Italian bread and cake, and also helped wash down the tables and sweep the floors.  

“We all feel grateful for the opportunity to help those less fortunate than us and to make a difference in their everyday lives,” Fiore said. “It makes us thankful for what we have. It is important to give back and that’s why we continue to volunteer each month.”

Fiore said she joined the volunteer efforts three years ago as part of what was supposed to be a one-time-only Bronxville Teachers’ Association undertaking, which turned into a monthly initiative due to the overwhelming support and teachers’ desire to volunteer.

Bronxville School staff members will return to HOPE Community Services for the next soup kitchen volunteer opportunity on Dec. 19.