Grand Avenue Middle School Library

December 2020

Holiday Cards for Mercy Haven

Every year, our students create homemade holiday cards for children in the Mercy Haven Network. Throughout the month of December, the library is helping to promote and collect these handmade holiday cards. Students are invited to come to the library to pick up construction paper and holiday stickers to create their cards. When completed, students should drop off their handmade cards in the library to receive community service hours. Last year, we were able to fill and deliver two paper boxes full of cards to Mercy Haven, who then distributed them to children across Long Island.

About Mercy Haven

For anyone not familiar with Mercy Haven, Inc. it is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit corporation. Their goal is to assist individuals and families in need across Long Island by providing them with safety, security, and the experiences they need to succeed. Mercy Haven accomplishes this by affording members temporary and permanent housing, education, and life skills development. Learn more by visiting their website at

Grand Gaming Showcase

Ms. Biancardo’s 7th grade coding classes created their own video games using the Hatch and Python programming languages. This event will showcase the students creative work in designing multi-level, gravity platformers and vintage arcade style games, quiz games and other informative challenges. Students are invited to sign up for a library lunch to attend the event. Once there, they can play the games created by their peers.

December Makerspace Activity

Although the Makerspace cart is unavailable this year, the library is promoting a different Makerspace activity each month. If students complete a Makerspace activity, they are invited to upload a short video to the GAMS Makerspace Flipgrid or take a picture of their creation and tag us on Instagram - @grandavehumanities

The activity for December is Salt Dough Snowmen! Students will need to create the salt dough at home, but can fill out the Makerspace Kit Request Form to receive a printed copy of the directions, googly eyes, plastic straws, felt, and buttons.

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