Spreading Cheer to Veterans

Spreading Cheer to Veterans photo
Forty-four members of Syosset High School’s Association of Creative Thespians recently organized and produced a holiday-themed performance at the Northport VA Medical Center, showcasing the many talents of the dedicated club members.

ACT students performed various holiday-themed songs and dances for veterans receiving treatment at the center. This young tradition, which began last year, has already taken root in the heart of the club, as every student looked forward to participating in this year’s show. Senior Sydney Fells planned the event under the direction of ACT adviser Gene Connor.  

In November, ACT also spent time making festive cards for the veterans and designed decorations for the performance space. Part of the club’s mission is to use the diverse talents of its members to not only put on incredible productions of various theatrical works, but to reach beyond the stage into local and global communities. Each month, ACT selects a different charity towards which to dedicate time and energy. Within the first few months of this school year, the members have raised $1,650 for the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, hosted a successful food drive, made and delivered hundreds of sandwiches to the Mary Brennan INN, participated in a JDRF (juvenile diabetes) walkathon, and donated hundreds of dollars to various foundations including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

ACT members look forward to future community service opportunities and using their talents to bring joy to the community. Their next production will be Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” running March 15-18, in the Harvey P. Karp Auditorium at Syosset High School. 

ACT members are pictured here at the Northport VA Medical Center.