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A Feb. 3 jump-roping contest at Long Beach Catholic Regional School proved to be much more than simple childhood fun. The school used the “Jump-a-Thon,” a part of Catholic School Week activities, to raise $7,090 for Long Beach Waterfront Warriors, an organization that assists wounded, ill and injured soldiers.

Each year, students choose an organization to raise money for during Catholic School Week, according to LBCRS principal Veronica Danca. This year, the more than 700 LBCRS students selected the Waterfront Warriors, a group of volunteers that help provide medical services, educational programs and recreational items to soldiers. They ship packages to soldiers overseas during the holidays, and money raised is used to feed, entertain and house wounded soldiers and their families who visit Long Beach during the summer.

“Over the past two years we have hosted over 50 servicemen and women and their families,” said LBWW co-chair Gerry Snell in a news release. “They enjoy our beaches and appreciate the welcome that the people of our community show them.”

Long Beach Waterfront Warriors just announced that their first fundraiser of the year will be held at the Long Beach Inn, 943 W Beech St., on June 25 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., with music, auctions and raffles. For more information, visit lbwaterfrontwarriors.org.

Pictured: Long Beach Catholic Regional School principal Veronica Danca holds a certificate presented to students by Long Island Waterfront Warriors.

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