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My Brother's Keeper

TOC II Spotlight: SUNY Old Westbury

We featured this TOC II spotlight in our November 2019 newsletter. 

TOC II interns at SUNY Old Westbury complete a leadership project as part of the program. Elisabeth Lainez and Ondina Morales Garay decided to run a school supply drive for Wyandanch School District. 

Lainez, a former Wyandanch student, came up with the idea after reading a news article about the district's budget not passing and teachers being left with limited classroom supplies. The two interns reached out to the School of Education at their university for donations, which they collected and brought to one of Lainez's former teachers and art teacher Anthony Messina at La Francis Hardiman Elementary School.

The teachers were very grateful for the unexpected donations. "If these young ladies are a sample of the next generation of teachers," Messina wrote in a thank you letter, "the future children of the world are in store for some amazing educators." 

Learn more about the TOC II grant.