Our Society’s Sunday School has had an impressive year of helping others. Their food bank volunteering in December, when they spent many hours sorting and packing groceries for holiday-season distribution at the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, is just the latest learning-by-doing lesson.
Also in 2021, the Sunday School raised over $4,000 for an orphanage in Uganda, nearly $800 for the Center for Food Action in Englewood, and over $450 to help fight childhood cancer by running a lemonade stand in Teaneck.
The Sunday School children were also among those who participated in all-ages environmental action projects in North Jersey this fall, led by Interim Leader Curt Collier.
Through such work, children get a powerful lesson in the values of Ethical Culture, including a belief in the dignity and worth of every person, says Samantha Stankiewicz, director of Ethical Education, adding that the students are also following a long tradition in Ethical Culture of improving their communities through social action. “Due to Covid restrictions, we had to rethink our Sunday School activities a bit and we followed the simple motto of Ethical Culture: Deed before creed,” she said.