The second annual Kids-Helping-Kids Pancake Breakfast, hosted by the Long Ridge School in Stamford, was a great first stop for many area parents and their kids early on Saturday morning. One and all filled up on delicious food served by smiling students in their bright yellow Kids-Helping-Kids T-shirts. With the oversight of helpful parents and Kris Bria, Head of School, the students, aged 5 to 11, took turns seating hungry patrons, serving food and coffee, cleaning up, and running activities that included face-painting, tattoos, Valentines for Veterans, and a Graffiti Wall. Over 100 breakfasts were served raising more than $1,100. Nicholas Donohue commented that the hardest part was, “The rush at 10:00 am, we were astonished at how many people came at once.”
These remarkable elementary school kids are all part of Kids Helping Kids (KHK), a local Fairfield County not-for-profit organization dedicated to teaching leadership skills through youth-led service projects. Asked what she likes about KHK, Eleanor Donohue, said, “I enjoy the events and being with my friends, and being able to lead the events together.” After attending a Feed My Starving Children Event, the kids decided that they wanted to help in the fight against malnourishment and hunger around the world. All proceeds will be used to help host a “Feed My Starving Children Event” next summer.
The menu for Saturday’s breakfast included pancakes, bacon, sausage, orange juice, coffee and hot chocolate, all generously donated by local businesses including The Parkway Diner, Scott’s Corner Market, Rye Ridge Deli, Bull’s Head Diner, International House of Pancakes, New Canaan Diner, Shop Rite and Stop & Shop. Following the breakfast, some of the students delivered the leftover food to New Covenant House soup kitchen in Stamford.
(L to R): Helen Culpepper, Abi Sirota, Rebecca Bailey, Nicholas Donohue, Ruby Miller, Sophie Piggott, Sarah Volpitta, Elizabeth Campisi, Stefan Volpitta, Eleanor Donohue, Marco Volpitta, Soren Ekstrom, Magnus Ekstrom, Philipe Goldbaum, Jenna Volpitta