Parkway students give sandwiches to public safety workers

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published February 20, 2016

 The Parkway students made sandwiches for Sterling Heights police and fire employees.

The Parkway students made sandwiches for Sterling Heights police and fire employees.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Students from Parkway Christian School in Sterling Heights recently put the fixings on making sandwiches and doing other activities for International Random Acts of Kindness Week.

According to Connie Marchesi, a biblical studies teacher at the school, high school students recently prepared meals for Sterling Heights police officers and firefighters Feb. 17.

Marchesi is also the coordinator of the school’s Student Leadership Institute, which involves students from the middle school and high school grade levels.

This year, International Random Acts of Kindness Week occurred Feb. 14-20, and Feb. 17 was Random Acts of Kindness Day.

Because a shortened school week coincided with the kindness week, the students made Monday a day to focus on students, Tuesday a day to focus on school staff and Wednesday a day to focus on community service, Marchesi said.

“The goal is, our Student Leadership Program is always out to teach the kids to think outside themselves, and leadership begins with service,” she said. “This has been the students’ thing 100 percent. They’ve taken this on their own.”

For the community aspect, one of the high school seniors called up law enforcement agencies and offered to make sandwiches for them, Marchesi said. According to Parkway, the Sterling Heights police and fire departments accepted the offer.

On Feb. 17, the students got down to business making sandwiches.

“They’re assembling subs and they wrote thank-you cards and they’ll probably decorate the bags too,” she said. “There’s fruit and chips and a drink.”

Sterling Heights police Lt. James Belmonte said he hadn’t specifically heard about the sandwich project but he said Parkway tries to do projects to benefit the community, including law enforcement.

“The officers can stop in and grab a bite to eat, and it’s an (act of) appreciation to the employees,” he said.

Parkway marketing coordinator Kerry Jantz said some of the public safety workers stopped by Parkway because they didn’t know that the students were going to deliver the sandwiches.

“We put together a table, and some of them did eat here,” Jantz said. “The police and fire (workers) are not used to things like this.”
Besides the sandwich project, students also passed out thank-you notes to Parkway staff, including workers in the front office, earlier that week, Jantz said.

Learn more about Parkway Christian School, 14500 Metropolitan Parkway in Sterling Heights, by visiting or by calling (586) 446-9900. Learn more about Sterling Heights by visiting or by calling (586) 446-2489.