Number of Participants: 300
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $2,535
Event Amount Raised: $820
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: March 1, 2020
Herricks Middle School
Hilldale Drive, Albertson
Herricks Middle School students united to make a difference on the other side of the world, helping ensure that children in Kenya will have the opportunity to go to school and eventually prepare for internships and jobs. For the fourth year, the building has partnered with the Reason2Smile organization through the efforts of librarian Jodi Thompson and Nassau BOCES School Library System Supervisor Donna Rosenblum.
On March 3, the Middle School held an assembly that focused on the importance of helping others and the far-reaching impact of positive actions. Ms. Thompson introduced Ms. Rosenblum, who volunteers with Reason2Smile and has traveled to Kenya regularly to carry out the organization’s mission of providing educational opportunities for children attending the Jambo Jipya School.
Reason2Smile helps to subsidize the school and offers scholarships to students who cannot pay tuition. It additionally supports them through the Jambo Jipya children’s home, which provides 24-hour services, meals and more.
The presentation broadened awareness of the fact that not all children in the world are fortunate to receive an education, but small acts of kindness can open many opportunities. The Herricks students then set out on their own ventures to help Reason2Smile. They raised a total of $820 through bracelet sales, and plan to garner even more proceeds through a PTA-funded bracelet making event. They also collected 90 drawstring bags that will be donated to the Jambo Jipya students.
Photo courtesy of Herricks Public Schools