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A Business Teachers Association of New York State grant is funding a community service project for middle school business students.

Business teacher Nancy O’Connor recently received a $500 grant from BTANYS, which is being used to purchase fleece, no-sew blanket kits. The 75 students enrolled in the eighth-grade business management class crafted 20 homemade blankets to be used by patients at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.   

Ms. O’Connor said the students’ trip to the Ronald McDonald House also teaches the students about nonprofit organizations and helping those in need within the community. “Students learn about the importance of giving to those in need, as well as a corporation’s corporate social responsibility,” Ms. O’Connor said.

The eighth-grade management class also runs the school store, where school supplies and snacks can be purchased throughout the year. During the school year, special sales profits will also fund the purchase of additional blankets for students to make in concurrent years so the students can fulfill their corporate social responsibilities.