Top Fundraisers from Battle of the Classes, Battling for a Cause Visit Smile Train Headquarters in New York City
By Alexandra Docyk
In March, the Key Club and Student Organization held their annual Battle of the Classes, Battling for Cause in which they collectively fundraised $20,000 for Smile Train and Hagedorn Cleft Palate Craniofacial Center. The event was recently recognized as the number one service-learning fundraiser in the state by the New York State Key Club.
On April 17, 2018 top fundraisers from Battle of the Classes, Battling for a Cause visited Smile Train Headquarters in New York City. The NYC location is the only Smile Train headquarters in the United States. Students were able to learn about different job opportunities available in a non-profit organization and learned about how Smile Train carries out its mission of giving the gift of smiles. Students were able to take part in a virtual reality tour in an underdeveloped nation and see how patients receive care when receiving cleft or palate reconstructive surgery/services.
“Being able to go to the Smile Train Headquarters was something special and unique. We had the opportunity to see where our donations were going and whom they were helping. I learned that the reason why we create informational videos and learn how to use Microsoft presentational tools when conducting student assemblies is because are training for future work in a professional non-profit setting. This was an amazing experience. I have never had an opportunity like this before and am glad that I experienced this before entering into college.” – Pragna Krishnamurthy
“We had an informative tour and learned about Smile Train’s work. We learned that they have created sustainable teaching model in order to carry out their amazing work. Their team is in NYC and they are a unique group that makes all of the work of the organization possible.” - Gab Murray
“The tour allowed us to get an inside look as to how people live in underdeveloped nations. We saw how much work goes into helping 85+ countries worldwide.” – Sam Wagner
“The tour helped us experience what life is life for a child suffering from cleft palates around the world. This tour helped us learn how we can help those that are less fortunate and how we should be appreciative of what we have living in the United States.” – Frankie Venezia