Purnell Gives Back
Jen Cirillo

On Friday, November 9th, the entire Purnell School community gathered together for a full day of Community Service.

This Fall, we partnered with organizations whose mission it is to help those in need. Our student and faculty community chose from four different options of service:

Hope Lodge, New York City: Hope Lodge is a residence for people undergoing cancer treatment. Our students and faculty members brought cookies in to decorate. Unexpectedly, some students danced and performed songs. Others simply involved the residents in good, welcome conversation.


Habitat for Humanity in Passaic: This group of students and faculty worked on building a home for a family in need. The work was arduous at times, but our students and faculty members never shirked from this important service. Now a family in need has a home.


Bridges: Bridges is a charitable organization that provides meals to people experiencing food insecurity. Our students prepared sandwiches and made up care packages with donations from our generous kitchen staff. We are so grateful to everyone who donated food and other items, including our current families.


Carfaro Farm: Sharon Carfaro is one of our amazing nurses who lives on a farm with her family. Together, this group of girls and faculty painted the inside of the barn, cleaned out stalls, spread mulch, and, winterized the barn for all the animals. The girls were excited to be able to help Sharon because she is always so helpful and comforting to them when she is on duty at Purnell. Plus our students really care about animals!


This was a great day of giving back from our students and faculty at Purnell. Jaclyn Shaw, co-director of Community Service, deserves a huge thank you for her dedication and commitment to our program, as well as her incredible organizational skills. Thank you to everyone who gave their time today to do something for someone else.

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." Aesop

Jen Cirillo
Athletics and Community Service Coordinator