Kennedy Government Classes Raise Funds for Adopt-a-Battalion

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Students enrolled in the Senior Participation in Government and AP Government classes at Kennedy High School raise money and collected donations for active service members stationed overseas.

At the suggestion of AP Government teacher Kara McManus, Kennedy students selected the volunteer-based Adopt-a-Battalion organization to provide packages containing toiletries, candy, and socks for troops.

Since October, AP government students hosted numerous events as part of their service learning project and the fundraising efforts benefited Adopt-a-Battalion.

“Our students organized several fundraisers including bake sales, selling yellow ribbons for Veterans Day,” said District Social Studies Chairperson Karen McGuinness. “Students also collected loose change and solicited donations of toiletries from companies in the area. On Dec. 3, student volunteers also helped to package donations at a Knights of Columbus hall in Massapequa Park.”

The group raised more than $1,300.

“This will help to ease their lives while deployed overseas,” explained Richard Olson, an Adopt-a-Battalion representative. "It is so heartwarming to see young men and women taking an interest today in our service members overseas protecting us. "