Learning a variety of lessons, from public speaking skills to the importance of helping others in need, a group of four Harrison 8th graders have spent two Saturdays raising money and supplies for a White Plains charity.
Gina DiRusso, Emma Smoleu, Gia Mancini and Emma Hochman delivered a car full of donated supplies and a check for $875 to My Sister's Place in White Plains Monday afternoon. My Sister's Place is a charitable organization that fights domestic and dating violence.
The girls had been collecting donations in front of the White Plains Stop and Shop on Saturday mornings in February. Although it was cold, the girls said they learned a few valuable lessons.
"I'm not the best public speaker, but this helped," said Emma Hochman, who added that overall she enjoyed the experience.
The girls asked shoppers to buy cans of food or other supplies for the charity and collected cash donations. The community service was part of a requirement for the Junior National Honor Society.