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Way to Go! Alyssa Benyaminy of Roslyn

Alyssa Benyaminy, a freshman at Roslyn High School,

Alyssa Benyaminy, a freshman at Roslyn High School, initiated a drive to raise funds to buy books for Hempstead students. Credit: Benyaminy family

A Roslyn High School freshman has collected $1,380 to help supply schoolbooks to children in the Hempstead school district.

Alyssa Benyaminy, 14, said she got the idea for the campaign after hearing about First Book, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., that strives to provide disadvantaged children with new books. That prompted her to do research to identify a local district that could benefit from book donations.

“Not every school has a lot of books to read,” Benyaminy said. “I think it’s really important everyone receives a good education, and this is my way to give back to those less fortunate.”

Benyaminy emailed Hempstead Superintendent Susan Johnson to ask if the district was interested in creating an account with First Book. After getting the go-ahead, she started a webpage on the nonprofit’s website for donations and promoted it to friends and family via email and social media.

Donations raised through First Book were transferred to the Hempstead district and will make possible the purchase of about 600 books, Benyaminy said.

Benyaminy is on her school’s tennis team, and in the Habitat for Humanity Club and Junior Scopes, a group that aids children with cancer. She also mentors children at the Sid Jacobsen Jewish Community Center in East Hills.


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