The Blood Drive of 2017

With the motto of, “Donate blood now…people can’t live without it,” plastered on posters across the school, some may wonder what exactly went on at the blood drive. This blood drive was sponsored by the Helping Hands Committee, meaning that the general group of people in Helping Hands sponsored the blood drive rather than any…

The BSGE Toy Drive: For the Less Fortunate

The holiday season is a time when students expect to relax with their families and receive gifts, but the children in the HIV/AIDS ward of Elmhurst Children’s Hospital aren’t as lucky as the students in BSGE. Most of them are from low-income families, so their parents can’t afford to get them presents for the holidays….

Helping Hands’ Eco-Partnership

Helping Hands, a fundraising organization in BSGE, has long been known for collaborating with organizations that wish to help the environment. Surprisingly, Helping Hands’ most recent eco-friendly project is with the successful makeup company L’Oréal. L’Oréal is in the process of moving into a green building in Manhattans’ Hudson Yards, and has contacted Helping Hands…

The Day of Silence: Shhhhh!

Every April, BSGE participates in a nationwide event called the Day of Silence. The day highlights how it is unfortunately common for members of the LGBTQ+ community to be discriminated against in the United States. By participating in the Day of Silence, whether someone is just supporting or actually silent, students send a message of acceptance and…

Students Helping Honduras: Combating Poverty and Violence

Most BSGE students are aware of the Helping Hands Committee, which strives to help those without a voice. In addition to the one main committee, students organize their own sub-committees to combat either local or international issues. One of the sub-committees inside Helping Hands, Students Helping Honduras, or SHH, raises money to help build schools, houses, and…

Nepal’s Earthquake: The Aftermath and Relief Efforts

On April 25th, at 11:56 PM, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 claimed thousands of lives in Nepal. As of Friday, May 1st, around 6,300 people were proclaimed dead, and 14,000 people injured. This earthquake claimed 8,836 lives in total (including outside of Nepal), with 21,952 injuries. It took quite long to account for…

New Police Brutality Subcommittee

Recently, police brutality has been a major issue throughout New York City and the United States. These cases and many others involving police brutality caused protests all over America, as most recently seen from the riots in Baltimore. There was a mixture of violent and peaceful protesting against the death of Freddie Gray at the…

Helping Hands’ Spring Blood Drive Collects 33 pints of Blood

Helping hands hosted its annual Spring blood drive on March 19th. The New York Blood Center parked its truck outside BSGE and collected 33 pints of blood from the BSGE community. Students, parents, and faculty all donated during the blood drive. Many more students were interested in donating but were excluded for various reasons. The…

BSGE’s 2015 Winter Concert

On January 22, 2015 at 6 p.m., Ms. Nikkolos held a Winter Concert in the cafeteria. The concert featured pieces performed by all of the 7th grade and the orchestra. The pieces, which the students have been working on for months, include “Hoedown” and “CB dance,” performed by 7-1. The concert also accepted donations that went to…

Helping Hands: Canned Food Drive

From December 9th, 2014, to January 28th, 2015, Helping Hands will be having their annual Canned Food Drive. This year, for the very first time, both the Domestic Violence Committee and the NYC Poverty Committee are combining their efforts to collect cans for the NYC Food Bank. The NYC Food Bank provides food not only…

The Day Of Silence

Wednesday, April 30th, was the national Day of Silence. Students who participated did not speak for one day to protest the bullying of LGBT teenagers nationwide, who face being silenced and ignored because of their sexual orientation and/or gender expression. The voluntary silence by the thousands of students who participated called this treatment to attention in a hope to change…

Socrates Sculpture Park Offers New Art Program

Recently, Socrates Sculpture Park received a large grant, around $300,000 thousand from Shelley and Donald Rubin. The Rubin’s generous donations to art organizations in Queens is atypical as they are less likely to come into direct contact with affluent social circles as is the usual custom with donations of this type in Manhattan. Crain’s New York Business…

Helping Hands Initiatives

On Monday September 30th, Helping Hands voted on which initiatives they would focus on to start the year. They decided on three.  One is “Love Without Boundaries”, an organization that helps orphaned children in China get medical help, foster care, and education.  They can arrange surgeries for children whose lives are in danger, such as…

BSGE Donates 29 Pints of Blood

The BSGE community donated a total of 29 pints of blood on June 4th. The New York Blood Center came to BSGE for the second time this school year in this event sponsored by the Helping Hands Committee.

BSGE Advisories Raise over $2,000 for “Pennies for Patients”

The Helping Hands Committee is pleased to share that this year’s Pennies for Patients drive was successful–BSGE advisories raised $2047.59!  A special commendation to Diana Nikkolos’ 9th grade advisory who raised just over $500.  Enjoy the pizza and ice cream party–it was well earned.  Juanita Kumar’s 8th grade advisory came in second and will receive…

Helping Hands: Child Sex Trafficking Initiative

            You might have noticed flyers for Helping Hands’ new initiative – child sex trafficking – around the school. The Somaly Mam foundation was made famous in a documentary called Half the Sky, shown on PBS, which highlighted various women’s issues internationally. This particular organization works with girls and women…

How to Help Victims of Hurricane Sandy

The devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy were felt all over the East Coast, especially in the New York area. Being one of the strongest storms to hit the East Coast, Hurricane Sandy had caused everything to shut down in the tri-state area. People were left without electricity and heat for days, even weeks. New York…

BSGE Hurricane Sandy Warm Coat Drive

Hi everyone– The last week has had a tremendous impact upon New Yorkers and everyone who felt the harsh effects of Hurricane Sandy.  The Helping Hands Committee met yesterday and shared how they felt after the disaster.  The conversation soon shifted to a discussion of what can be done to immediately help fellow New Yorkers…

BSGE’s Clubs and Activities

We welcome you back to BSGE for another great year, and send out a warm welcome to the new 7th and 9th grade student body. At BSGE, everyone is given the chance to shine and students are encouraged to build on their own interests, whether academic, sports-related, art-related, or otherwise. For students who wish to pursue…

Earth Day 2012!

On Sunday, April 29th, members of the BSGE Helping Hands Committee participated in an Earth Day event at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, along with students from other schools. They spent a day fertilizing trees, planting vegetables, grass and herbs, and making compost. Originally the event was planned for Sunday April 22nd, which…