The students at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County learned a lesson in paying it forward this month.
In recognition of the generous gifts that the students at the local school made to underprivileged children in the weeks leading up to Chanukah, they received an additional $1,000 for their charity from MSG Varsity and Cablevision’s Power to Learn initiative.
HANC, which is headquartered in West Hempstead, took home an Honorable Mention in the Charity Champions competition, a program developed by Power to Learn to promote volunteerism and fundraising for local causes. The money they were awarded will be donated to OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services, an agency that protects and strengthens individuals and families by meeting diverse social service needs, including foster care.
For the competition, the HANC students searched for an organization that cares for children of all walks of life and came across OHEL. Over the winter, they organized a toy drive and fundraiser to provide holiday presents to the needy children served by OHEL. Other events included a tie-dye fundraiser and participation in a marathon.
Cablevision Vice President of Education Trent Anderson said, "The students at Hebrew Academy of Nassau County have demonstrated a commitment to public service and we congratulate them for their efforts.”
For more information about the program visit www.powertolearn.com.