By Grace McSherry
Hearts to Home of Bronxville HS continued its spring tradition and put on two great events to show its support for United States servicemen and women and their families.
On Monday, April 23, students from the Bronxville School gathered together to participate in a Hearts to Home phone-a-thon to raise funds for a spring Build-a-Bike event. Approximately 15 students made calls to the local area seeking contributions. “The night was a big success,” said High School student Charlie Gay. “The student volunteers really stepped up and had fun and the donors were really generous to support the cause.”
Thanks to the success of the phone-a-thon, Hearts to Home received pledges totaling almost $5,000 to purchase 50 bikes and helmets. A few weeks later, on Saturday morning, May 5, Hearts to Home then sponsored its Build-a-Bike event at the Bronxville School. Volunteers from Bronxville High School including members of the mountain biking, golf and lacrosse teams joined members of the community to participate in the event. Representatives of the USO of Metropolitan NYC also came out to show their support. “The Build-a-Bike is always a fun and rewarding event,” said Pam Kohlhoff, a third grade teacher at the Bronxville School and one of the leaders of the Hearts to Home club. “This year a record turnout of over 30 volunteers showed up to assemble the bikes.”
In 2008, a group of Bronxville high school students started Hearts to Home to help American service members to stay in touch with their families by sending them prepaid telephone calling cards. Hearts to Home now focuses on supporting local military families and members of the military returning from active duty. The club would like to thank all members of the community for their generosity in making these events possible.