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Persons of Promise Project

Person of Promise Horseheads Middle school art project

I have been so lucky to have the support of my community in getting out the message of kids and volunteerism.  I was so excited and honored to be chosen by the Horseheads Middle School for their Persons of Promise project. They took my photo, enlarged it and each student painted a square. Then they put the pieces all back together to make a big collage with words about volunteerism. It was at our local mall for the school Art Show. Thank you so much to the students and their Art teacher Kathy Kendall. You all did a great job.

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Second Graders Make Valentine Gift for Veterans

Second grade class valentine for veterans

“To Our Heroes

Happy Valentine’s Day
Thank you for all you’ve done
In Our Hearts You Are #1
You Gave Up So Much In Sacrifice, You left your families without thinking twice
We have our freedoms for what you’ve done

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone”

Created by Mrs. Tillinghast’s 2nd Grade Class

(Photo of Sophie and Rich Walters at the Bath VA with the Valentine poem from Mrs. Tillinghast’s class)

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Sophie Has Wonderful Mentors!

  • Susan Pirozzolo of the Horseheads Central School District
  • One of my 6th grade teachers, Mrs. Rachel Hogue.
  • My principals of the Horseheads Intermediate School; Mr. Michael Bostwick and Mrs. Robin Doubrava
  • LeAnne DeRosa of WENY TV
  • Kristin Klapprodt of the Bath VA and Rich Walters, Volunteer for the Red Cross and Bath VA
  • Casimir and Jim Krolak (WW2 and Vietnam Veterans)
  • Congressman Tom Reed and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano
  • Linda Conway and Colleen Kean of the Red Cross

I have wonderful mentors!

Linda Conway, Colleen Kean, Richard Walters and the entire team of the Corning Red Cross, LeAnne DeRosa of WENY TV, Congressman Tom Reed and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, Veterans Casimir and Jim Krolak, Mr. Michael Bostwick, Mr. Chris Bell, Susan Pirozzolo, Mr. John Durr, Mrs. Rachel Hogue and everyone at the Horseheads School District have been such wonderful mentors to me. Many thanks to all of them.

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WWII Veteran, Friend & Mentor Visits Our School

VE Day  at Horseheads Intermediate School

This is my very first blog for Dream Big Sophie. First, thank you for checking out my website about kids, volunteerism and our world.  My  good friend and mentor, WWII Veteran Casimir Krolak of the Bethany Nursing Home, asked if he could come to my school, the Horseheads Intermediate School, to talk about his time in Italy and Africa during WWII.  What luck that it was also the 70th Anniversary of V.E Day.  He even brought my class an American Flag for us to keep.