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Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School
"Great Habits Make Great Leaders"

Seek first to understand, then to be understood

Students give gifts - learn life lessons

March 28, 2017 - Cuddebackville, NY - Students at Hamilton Bicentennial School are always learning about the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  Each month a different habit is reviewed.  During the month of February, third grade students were responsible for sharing Habit #5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This habit stresses empathy. 

The students participating in this lesson learned that every day, hundreds of people are diagnosed with some form of cancer.  Many of these people need to undergo chemotherapy treatments.  This is an emotionally and physically exhausting experience.  To ease this process, the HBE family went to work.

Students and their families packed and delivered 73 "Comfort Bags" for cancer patients at Orange Regional Cancer Treatment Center. The comfort bags containing hand sanitizer, lotion, socks, a blanket, bottle of water, chapstick, puzzle books, mints, and notecards.  In total, 73 comfort bags were filled and delivered to patients undergoing treatment.

What was started as a teaching lesson to show the power of the Seven Habits turned into something far beyond expectation.  The nurses and staff at Orange Regional Cancer Treatment Center were overjoyed and so appreciative of the donations.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a success!  Port Pride.

HBE 3rd Graders Create Comfort Bags for Cancer Patients