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The Syosset High School Association of Creative Thespians (ACT) recently performed a holiday show at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center, an annual tradition. Prior to the event, members of ACT gathered together to make dozens of homemade holiday cards to make certain every resident and staff member at the facility received a holiday greeting and a note of gratitude for their service. Remarked Gabrielle Bieder, ACT Community Service Coordinator, “To me there is nothing more special than pure kindness.”

ACT has a strong commitment to community service, holding events at least once a month that include fundraisers for charities, walkathons, and raising funds for charities through tickets sales to the shows. Some of the community service acts the group has already done this school year include making and donating over 630 sandwiches to the Ronald McDonald house, walking in the annual Making Strides Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness, and raising $442 for The Memory Project. This year marks the start of a new program, the Syosset High School Theatre Outreach Program at MercyFirst Children’s Orphanage and Refugee. Members of ACT visit MercyFirst monthly and run acting workshops with the residents. “Theatre has the ability to heal, and by introducing them to this art form they will be able to express themselves and connect to their emotions. The bonds we have formed with them will be everlasting” stated Gabrielle.