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Barry Tech humanitarians raise funds for charity during seventh annual Service Learning Fair

Nassau BOCES Barry Tech students jump rope for a good cause — the American Heart Association.

Nassau BOCES Barry Tech students jump rope for a good cause — the American Heart Association. Part of the school’s Service learning project, the Health Service Cluster of classes raised more than $2,000 for the cause through their “Jumprope for Heart” fundraiser.


Students from Nassau BOCES Barry Tech celebrated the numerous contributions they have made to their community throughout the year during the 2019 Service Learning Fair. The entire student body participated in the fair, which is the culmination of a year of community service. Frequently referred to as “learning by doing,” service learning refers to the use of hands-on, community-based projects to supplement traditional curricula. Students participate in service activities that relate to and enrich their understanding of their chosen courses of study. 

Among the major achievements made in this year’s Service Learning program was the “Jumprope for Heart” fundraiser for the American Heart Association, conducted by the students in the Health Service Cluster, which raised well over $2,000 for the cause. The Medical Assisting program ran no less than three separate blood drives for Long Island Blood Service, bringing in 450 pints of lifesaving blood — enough to help more than 1,300 people.

The Digital Design students ran a food drive collecting 550 lbs. of food items for Support for New Life Center, which provides clothing and food baskets for community members in need. Police Science students contributed to “Vet Mart, ” collecting more than 300 donations to support the Veterans Food Pantry.

During the holidays, Engine Repair and Powersports students ran a toy drive, collecting more than 200 toys for the Christmas Magic organization to help children in need. Students in the Animal Care program collected medical supplies for the ASPCA’s “Animal Relief” campaign to care for animal victims of natural disasters. The students completed 15 medical kits and collected more than 200 additional items.

“We are extremely proud of the connections and outstanding services our students have made within the community,” said Barry Tech Principal Peter Dalton. “The annual fair is a great way for students to highlight their successes to classmates, parents, our administration and the community. Volunteering and being involved in community service help foster the sense of personal and social responsibility that’s needed to develop well-rounded students.”