Metuchen High School Recognized By “Charity Champions” Program

METUCHEN – MSG Varsity and Optimum Power to Learn, along with Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan and Mayor Thomas Vahalla, recently recognized students at Metuchen High School as the New Jersey grand-prize winners in this year’s Charity Champions, a program developed by Power to Learn that promotes volunteerism and encourages area high schools to raise funds for a charity of their choice. The school was presented with $5,000 to be donated to Breaking the Chain through Education, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to eradicating child slave trafficking and educating children by building schools in impoverished regions of Ghana.

After an opening African dance performance by students and remarks from Principal Bruce Peragallo and Power to Learn officials, Assemblyman Diegnan and Mayor Vahalla each spoke to students about the importance of community service. Student advisor and Breaking the Chain through Education founder Evan Robbins discussed the school’s participation in the Charity Champions program. Students then participated in “slam poetry” readings and a video showcasing the students’ work throughout the year was shown. The event concluded with the check and plaque presentation to students and student advisor/Breaking the Chain through Education founder Robbins.

Diegnan applauded the students on their success, saying, “Congratulations on being selected as the grand-prize winners for the Charity Champions program in your area. All of you are true role models for young people throughout New Jersey. Thanks to your commitment, many young people in Ghana can now look forward to a brighter future. I’d also like to commend Power to Learn for an important program that motivates young people to give back to others.”

Vahalla concurred, adding, “It’s amazing what can be accomplished through teamwork and dedication. Each of you should be proud to have played a part in helping to eradicate child slave trafficking in Ghana and provide an education for those children in need. I’d also like to thank Power to Learn for its generous donation and recognizing the efforts of our students.”

Notes Cablevision Director of Education Evelyn Cruise, “The MSG Varsity/Power to Learn Charity Champions program is focused on encouraging charitable efforts at the high school level. It offers students a unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference in other people’s lives and provides a deserving charity, such as Breaking the Chain through Education, with additional support. We congratulate the students at Metuchen High School for their participation.”

Power to Learn has launched its fourth annual Charity Champions competition for the 2012-2013 school year. Charity Champions promotes volunteerism and helps to raise money for a school-selected charity. Students commit time and effort to raising money, competing against other schools, and contributing the funds raised. A grand-prize winner from participating schools in each of the six tri-state regions that Cablevision serves was selected and awarded $5000 for their school’s chosen charity.

Power to Learn, Cablevision’s nationally recognized education initiative, is dedicated to integrating technology into education. Through its “Triple Play for Education” technology offer, Cablevision provides its full suite of video, high-speed Internet and digital voice-over-cable services to schools for educational use. These services are available free of charge to K-12 schools across the company’s service area in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and four western states. In addition to providing the technology, Power to Learn also provides innovative educational curricula and tools designed to make technology useful to teachers, students and parents. More information and content is available at

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