**This week a few of our 5th graders are serving in NYC. Sydney is one of these 5th graders on the trip and here is a quick report of what they have been up to.**
It’s already the 2nd day of our trip and we’ve seen so much of the city. This morning we went to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. When Pastor Lisa asked what we thought the Statue stands for, we said hope, freedom and friendship. On Ellis Island we learned about how immigrants came to the United States. After that we went to Little Italy and Chinatown. Our tour at the Tenement Museum was fun and we learned about 2 different families that lived there. We passed out care bags and it made us happy to help people.
On Wednesday we went to the Church Center for the United Nations. We talked about wealth & poverty. Wealth itself is not bad, but loving money above God is bad. We went to Trinity Church & helped serve a brown bag lunch. Back to Church Center for the UN and did an activity about the sculptures and quotations outside that represent what the UN does.
Today (Thursday) we split into groups. One group served meals to people at the B’nai Jeshurun synagogue and the other group walked around and delivered meals. After that we all met and took a tour at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. We had fun helping people by giving people food.
We went to Bryant Park to discuss what we did on Thursday (serving a meal at the synagogue and delivering meals on heels). Then we went to St. Paul’s Chapel and the World Trade Center memorial. After that we went back to the Church Center for the United Nations. We listened to Dennis talk about his story of how he was once homeless but overcame it. Now he helps other people who are homeless. We also did an activity about how poverty is like a tree. The leaves are like smaller problems that you can take off (like being hungry) but they will eventually grow back. So you have to dig deeper and get the roots out (such as lack of housing) so the leaves don’t grow back. Friday night we worshiped at the B’nai Jeshurun synagogue.
On our last day in New York City, we went to the Church of the Village, a Methodist church in Greenwich Village. We helped set up for and prepare a sit-down meal for 200-300 people. Teresa runs this meal every week and a professional chef helps too. The girls helped chop lettuce and oranges, and the boys helped set up tables and chairs. It made us all feel good helping people in New York City this week. In the end we all made it home safely.