METUCHEN – Cablevision’s Power to Learn, along with former Gov. James Florio, Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono, and Metuchen Mayor Tom Vahalla, recognized Metuchen High School students as New Jersey Charity Champions for their efforts on behalf of the National Organization for Migration, a global charity helping to put an end to child slavery in Ghana.
A special program developed by Power to Learn, Charity Champions encourages area high schools to raise funds for a charity and promote volunteerism on behalf of that group. Power to Learn, Cablevision’s multi-faceted initiative dedicated to integrating technology into education, presented the school with $5,000 for the National Organization for Migration and $1,000 for the furtherance of the students’ charitable activities.
For the Charity Champions competition, Metuchen High School organized various separate fundraising events, including a walk, a benefit concert and a dinner. Evan Robbins, who teaches Political Institute classes at Metuchen High School, was the impetus for focusing on enslaved children in Ghana. For years, he has been active in the National Organization for Migration and recognized the importance of supporting its efforts to help put an end to the practice of child slavery. Students, faculty members and the Metuchen community ultimately raised more than $9,000.
“I am honored to join Cablevision in recognizing Metuchen High School for its steadfast commitment to helping others,” Florio said. “What I heard here today gave me renewed faith in the ability of young people to change the world. What these students accomplished in Metuchen is making a difference in the lives of children in Africa. When we stand together as students, teachers, parents and concerned citizens, anything is possible.”
Buono applauded Cablevision’s Charity Champions initiative, saying, “This competition encouraged high school students to think about those in need and figure out how to make a real and lasting difference. The students didn’t shy away from tackling a tough subject and have made all of us more aware in the process. I commend these young men and women for their passion and look forward to updates on their progress in Ghana.”
Vahalla observed, “I saw first-hand how hard the students worked throughout the year and I am pleased that they have been recognized by Cablevision for their ingenuity, drive, and generosity of spirit. All of Metuchen joins me today in saluting the students and faculty of Metuchen High School.”
At the event, Cablevision Vice President of Government & Public Affairs Adam E. Falk said, “Charity Champions offers high school students the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives, and that’s what Metuchen High School did for countless children in Ghana. They did a remarkable job and we are here today to honor this incredible student body.”
Superintendent Terri Sinatra, Principal Bruce Peragallo, and teacher Evan Robbins also praised the 300 students in the audience. Following the remarks, a student-produced documentary was shown and several students spoke, reflecting on the charity and fundraising events and how they impacted them individually and as a school. Other activities included a taping of the Charity Champions check presentation for MSG Varsity, Cablevision’s multi-platform suite of services made up of a 24/7-television network, a comprehensive online destination, and a groundbreaking interactive service — all spotlighting extracurricular activities and events at tri-state area schools. Metuchen High School is an MSG Varsity partner school.
Metuchen High School students were recently recognized as New Jersey Charity Champions for their efforts on behalf of the National Organization for Migration, a global charity helping to put an end to child slavery in Ghana.
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