Student members of the Amity Community Action Club at Amity Regional High School were recognized today by Town of Woodbridge First Selectman Ellen Scalettar for participating in this year’s Charity Champions, a program from Optimum Community that promotes volunteerism and encourages area high schools to raise funds for a charity of their choice. The school was presented with $1,000 to be donated to THP Project Purple Initiative, the students’ charity of choice; they also received $500 for the furtherance of their charitable activities.
Following opening remarks from Amity Community Action Club Advisor Amy Miller, Optimum Public Affairs Manager Kristen Thurber discussed the Charity Champions program. First Selectman Scalettar then thanked the students for their commitment and spoke about the importance of community service. Students were presented with checks in the amount of $1,000 and $500. The THP Project Purple Initiative is a national anti-substance abuse initiative of The Herren Project, launched to break the stigma of addiction and bring awareness to the dangers of substance abuse. Students will be featuring a March Madness for Project Purple fundraiser where students can purchase wristbands to enter the gymnasium to watch basketball competitions between teachers and other faculty members.
“The students here today are dedicated to raising money for THP Project Purple Initiative and I have no doubt that they will succeed in their efforts,” said First Selectman Scalettar. “This deserving charity brings hope for a better tomorrow and helps empower young people to make healthy choices in their teenage years that will last a lifetime. I thank Optimum Community for bringing Charity Champions to our area.”
“Optimum Community’s Charity Champions program offers students a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others and provides a deserving charity with additional support,” said Jennifer Ostrager, Cablevision Vice President of Public Affairs. “We congratulate the students at Amity Regional High School for their participation.”
For the sixth year, Optimum Community is bringing its Charity Champions program to high schools within its service footprint. Selected schools receive $500 in seed money to put towards fundraising efforts, in addition to a $1,000 donation to their charity of choice. Throughout the school year, students raise money and awareness for their selected charity and submit a summary of fundraising results in April 2015. Schools compete against each other and a grand prize winner in each of the six tri-state regions that Optimum serves will receive an additional $5,000 for their charity.