November 2017 Newsletter

This month, we would like to highlight two service projects that our students participated in as well as our successful Firewall Family Dinner event!

Operation Christmas Child ‘Wrap-Up’

For the second year in a row, all 500+ Firewall students participated in the Operation Christmas Child Project. They packed and sent out 113 shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies to children around the world who are affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease. Beyond packing the box, our students learned about the importance of giving back to those in need. Students took control of the project, determining the gender of the child they wanted to send the gift to, creating a budget and shopping list of their items, and crafting a card and pictures for their box. These boxes will bless 113 children on Christmas Day!

Firewall student, Johnny Torres, packing gifts into an Operation Christmas Child (OCC) box

Seeing the excitement and smiles on our students’ faces during this project shows us that they were impacted as well. We are very proud of them!

Lauderhill 6-12 Firewall Mentor and students are excited to send their OCC box 

 Our High School Students Served!

 At the end of October, our High School students put together over 100 goodie bags with delicious treats as a way to serve our North Side Elementary students! When they went to distribute the bags, they ended up giving more than just goodies to our younger students. They were also able to read with them and help them with homework! The North Side students were so thankful and immediately connected with the high schoolers. When one of our 3rd grade students, Shanella, saw our student Nathaly from Western High School walk in, she pointed at her and said, ‘I want her to read with me!’

Firewall students, Nathaly (11th grade) and Shanella (3rd grade) reading together during homework time 

The high schoolers were touched and expressed that they want to return to the school to help during homework time regularly. It is an honor to see how much our high schoolers have grown into Servant Leaders.

Family Dinner 2017

 On November 16th, we hosted our 2nd annual Firewall Family Dinner where guests learned about our successful program statistics, history and mission, and vision for the future. Students from our Elementary, Middle, and High School centers were highlighted by way of video, student interviews, and guest speakers.

Heilange Porcena, Principal at North Side Elementary, was one of the speakers of the evening. She expressed her excitement about the launch of Firewall’s North Side Center and shared how much her students love attending the program every day.

Opening an Elementary school center was a big push towards realizing our goal of walking through life with our students, and at the dinner, we were happy to share the daily impact our mentors are making on students.

We have exciting dreams for where Firewall will be and what it will accomplish, and we are so thankful for your support to help us get there. Interested in giving? Visit our give page on our website here.

Thank you for following our updates! We can’t wait to share more in the future. From all of us at Firewall, we wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

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