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New Jersey - "The Eliminate Project" Awarded With A Donation On Behalf of Students At Nutley High School
November 16, 2011

Nutley, NJ, November 16, 2011 - Power to Learn, along with Senator Ronald Rice and Mayor Joanne Cocchiola, recognized students at Nutley High School for participating in this year's Charity Champions, a program from Power to Learn that promotes volunteerism and encourages area high schools to raise funds for a charity of their choice.  At the event, where team members from the Harlem Wizards basketball team took shots against teachers, Cablevision Director of Government Affairs Don Viapree spoke about the Charity Champions program and introduced Senator Rice and Mayor Cocchiola who recognized the students for their dedication to the charity.  Representatives from Cablevision then presented a $1,000 check to Sue Kintscher from The Belleville/Nutley Kiwanis Club who thanked the students for their efforts.  A $500 check was then presented to academic advisors Debbie Piacentini and Pat Trainor who discussed the school's involvement in Charity Champions.  Through "The Eliminate Project," Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to help rid the world of maternal and neonatal tetanus.  This deadly disease takes the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year.

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Senator Rice noted, "I commend MSG Varsity and Power to Learn for the Charity Champions program that motivates young people to give back to others.  It is heartening to witness the enthusiasm of the students here today and I have complete confidence that they will do a terrific job with their fundraising efforts aimed at helping to eliminate tetanus around the world."

Mayor Cocchiola added, "It's so important that young people realize the importance of helping others, not only in their own community, but worldwide.  The students at Nutley High School understand this and we are proud that they are focused on doing their best to help." 

Academic advisor Debbie Piacentini noted, "We are extremely proud of our students for their commitment.  We are also grateful to MSG Varsity and Power to Learn for recognizing their efforts." 

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