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White Plains Student Raises Money To Feed Children

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Maria Melendez raised $562 through a bake sale at White Plains High School and donated it to Share Our Strength - The Great American Bake Sale to end Childhood Hunger in America.

Melendez, who graduated with 479 of her classmates June 21, baked cupcakes, collected baked items and led a The Great American Bake Sale to benefit the national organization, which is working to "end child hunger in America through partnerships with public officials, community and faith-based organizations, and private-sector leaders at the state and city level, all working together to connect kids to the programs that can help them get the food they need," according to the Share Our Strength website.

With the bake sale, Melendez completed the Wise Individualized Senior Experience (WISE), a program run through the high school. Its mission is to give students an opportunity to create a project using skills they learned in school, while collaborating with parents, teacher-mentors and community resources.

Like Melendez, the following students also completed the WISE program this year: Christoph Munnilal, Djems Telcy, Marianna Rodriguez, Ania Campbell, Lily Basile, Brenda Lopez, Orelvis Lazala, Jennifer Abreu, Mulasia Tyler Perry Garry Francois, Carlos Chavez, Emily Mora and Kenneth Wise.

"We are proud of the commitment and dedication of Maria Mendez, who not only successfully completed the mission of the Wise Program but also reaffirmed that our future leaders value community and humanity," said Marlene Gillings Gayle in a press release.

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