Number of Participants: 8
Hours Donated: 10
Value of Time Served: $676
Event Type: International
Date: June 1, 2016
478 Elwood Road Elwood
New York 11731, United States
Throughout the school year, members of the Elwood-John H. Glenn High School International Club which includes student athletes, under the advisement of Nicole Gendjoian, held fundraising events in an effort to raise money to donate an Inspired Gift through the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund. The club members held bake sales after school and sold baked goods at school-related events. Spearheaded by junior Rachel Berlin, the club sold Pura Vida bracelets to raise funds. The English translation for Pura Vida is Pure Life, a Costa Rican philosophy that encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures. While raising money for UNICEF, profits from every Pura Vida bracelet sold helps to provide full-time jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica.
Through their collective efforts, the students raised nearly $400 for a hand pump, as the Inspired Gift, that will provide a community abroad with clean drinking water. “The girls set a high goal for themselves and were determined to achieve it,” said Gendjoian. “It was all possible through their teamwork and dedication. I am so proud of how hard they worked to make a difference.”
Photo Caption: Members of the Elwood-John H. Glenn High School International
Club with Interim Principal Dr. James Ruck.
Photo courtesy of the Elwood Union Free School District