The annual bonfire and barbecue at the last week drew a big crowd and exposed the big hearts of 14 young people.
The event, sponsored by HANC of Plainview and the last Wednesday evening, was the inspiration for 14 young ladies, ranging from 6-12, to donate locks of their hair. The 8-12 inches required are sent to Zichron Menachem, a non-profit organization which creates wigs for young cancer patients in Israel.
Amit Abraham, owner of Atelier by Amit Abraham Salon of Roslyn, donated his time and skill to cut and style the girls’ hair.
Since HANC started participating in this program several years ago, more than a third of their female students have chosen to donate their hair. It has become a “badge of honor” among students to don the short bob, demonstrating their commitment toward literally giving of themselves to help others, HANC officials said.
There were many booths and displays at the fun-filled event on the grounds of the former Joyce Road School. Many other children gave of their time and talents, selling cupcakes and crafts an donating the proceeds to benefit various charities.
"We are constantly trying to teach our young the concept of 'chesed,' or 'helping others,' " said Rabbi , HANC's principal. "That is what all these children are doing, acts of kindness for others."
HANC officials wanted to thank the for standing at the ready and supervising the huge bonfire, which was the highlight of the evening.
HANCs' mission is to provide academic excellence for students from all Jewish backgrounds, from toddler through high school. HANC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the New York State Education Department.