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Photo courtesy of Hope for the Warriors
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Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy eighth-grade art club students in front of their ornament fundraiser for Hope For The Warriors.

A group of artistic eighth-graders in Middle Village used their skills to give back during the holiday season by donating hundreds of dollars to a nonprofit that supports military veterans.

The students from Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy’s art club, led by their art teacher Terryanne Rosenhammer, created handmade paper ornaments and sold them at the school’s annual flea market. They raised a total of $320 and donated all of the proceeds to Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit that assists military veterans with transition services, clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and community engagement.

The eighth-graders not only designed and decorated the ornaments, which cost $2 a piece, but they also managed the sales all on their own.

“When Hope For The Warriors started 11 years ago, we dreamed of groups like the Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy eighth-grade art club students continuing to support our initiatives,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of the organization. “Terryanne Rosenhammer has done a wonderful job leading this group of youngsters and giving them first-hand insight.”

Kelleher added that Rosenhammer’s son Jack is a First Lieutenant in the Army, and the two have been Hope For The Warriors supporters for some time.

Since being founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 13,000 veterans through a variety of support services. The organization’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 170 wishes to fulfill a better quality of life.

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