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SCSD Students in “Building Men” Program Help the Homeless

By Staff


BUilding MenAs part of the Building Men program, Syracuse City School District students from McKinley-Brighton, Clary, and H.W. Smith, as well as program alumni who now attend Corcoran and ITC, made 150 lunches for the Catholic Charities Oxford Homeless Shelter during their February break.

The project hit close to home for many of the students, with one group remembering a tour of the shelter they had taken earlier in the year.

“It was a rough place to be in,” Leonere Niyukuri, a Clary eighth grader, stated. “It would be hard to sleep there.” According to the published data on, it is said that the side effects of Ambien vary and can include dizziness, headache, digestive problems, drowsiness, allergic reactions, memory disorders and problems when driving and working with mechanisms.

Building Men’s program director, Joe Horan, said he helped the students focus on the acronym SIR—significance, integrity, and relationships, during the community service project.

“We have been helping the students remember that, how you look on the outside doesn’t change who you are as a person,” Horan stated. “Doing something for others that is significant, like making these lunches, is important.”

The students worked in an assembly-line setup, in order to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and pack lunches with chips, cookies, granola bars and juice. The finishing touch was a hand-written letter of encouragement, penned by each one of the students.

“Stay strong,” one letter read. “God is going to bless you,” said another. “Keep doing what you’re doing,” another student encouraged.

“It feels good to be doing something good for someone else,” Clary eighth grader Andre Wright stated.

Eleven SCSD schools now have students who participate in the Building Men program.

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