By Alicia Dziak

It’s that time of year again when SGI seventh graders are busy finishing up their Kids Can Make a Difference service projects. For a majority of the school year, students were tasked with working with an organization of their choice and completing community service hours. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing some of their projects. Please consider sharing your seventh grader’s KCMAD project! Email us at

Bringing Smiles to Nursing Home Residents

Ben Timmel chose to work with JDRF for his project.

“I chose them because they help people all around the country, not just in on specific area, with Juvenile Diabetes to help find a cure,” he said.

For the service portion of his project, Ben went to Jennie B Richmond nursing home dressed up as the Easter bunny and interacted with residents.

“I also went again and helped them play bingo, played the piano and violin for them.”

In addition, Ben plans to make a public service announcement during the school’s morning announcements, educating people about diabetes.

Ben thinks he benefitted from the project because he learned how diabetes effects people’s lives.

Great job to Ben for undoubtedly bringing smiles to residents at the nursing home and for his work educating his classmates about diabetes!

Car Wash for Cancer Research

On April 28, seventh graders Maria Rumfola and Ella Underberg, with the help of some of their friends, held a car wash at Dr. Joseph Rumfola’s dentist office on Waverly St. in Springville. The girls were able to raise $740 that they will donate to Roswell Park.