Sacred Heart students recognized by volunteer program

Convent of the Sacred Heart students pose with Cablevision Director of Government Affairs Jen Young and state Rep. Livvy Floren.

Convent of the Sacred Heart students pose with Cablevision Director of Government Affairs Jen Young and state Rep. Livvy Floren.

Optimum’s Power to Learn initiative recognized local high school students at the Convent of the Sacred Heart (CSH) for participating in this year’s Charity Champions, a program that promotes volunteerism and encourages area high schools to raise funds for a charity of their choice.

CSH was presented with $1,000 to be donated to RSCJ Educational Mission, Society of the Sacred Heart Educational Mission in Uganda. State Rep. Livvy Floren (R-149) also participated in the event.

After welcoming remarks from student advisor Lori Wilson, Cablevision Manager of Public Affairs Kevin Waters discussed the school’s involvement with Charity Champions. Ms. Floren then spoke to students about the importance of community service. Following the check presentation, the high school students assisted K-6th grade students in arts and crafts projects, while teaching them about life in Uganda and Kenya, as part of an annual “Crafts for a Cause” fund-raiser.

“I would like to thank the students involved with this program for their commitment to helping those less fortunate in Uganda,” Ms. Floren said. “Programs such as this foster an important global awareness in students and help them realize that they can have a positive effect on someone halfway around the world. I commend Cablevision on their Charity Champions program that continues to motivate young people to help those in need.”

Cablevision Vice President of Public Affairs Jennifer Ostrager noted in a press release, “Power to Learn’s Charity Champions program is focused on encouraging charitable efforts at the high school level. We congratulate the students at Convent of the Sacred Heart their participation and applaud their leadership in providing a deserving charity, such as RSCJ Educational Mission, with additional support.”

Power to Learn, Cablevision’s nationally recognized education initiative, is dedicated to integrating technology into education. Cablevision provides its full suite of video, high-speed Internet and digital voice-over-cable services to schools for educational use.

Charity Champions promotes volunteerism and helps to raise money for a school-selected charity. Students commit time and effort to fundraise, compete against other schools, and contribute the funds raised.

A grand-prize winner from participating schools in each of the six tri-state regions that Cablevision serves will be selected in the spring and awarded $5000 for their school’s chosen charity.

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