One Spirit/TEEEM Lakota raises $10,000

One Spirit/TEEEM Lakota raises $10,000 for Pine Ridge Reservation
Rachel Cohen and Olivia JonesOn June 5, One Spirit/TEEEM Lakota, led by co-presidents Rachel Cohen and Olivia Jones (PVHS 2020), made a $10,000 donation to Pine Ridge One Spirit, a nonprofit organization located in South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The presentation was done virtually via Zoom. Rachel and Olivia delivered a presentation to Jeri Baker, the director of One Spirit Pine Ridge. The presentation discussed the student efforts to fundraise throughout the school year. The main fundraising event was a hypnosis night held in January. The generous sponsorship of the event was from TEEEM which is run by Jarret Schecter, also present at the virtual meeting on June 5. The goals of TEEEM are to promote and foster entrepreneurial skills in today's youth while encouraging empathy and equity. One Spirit PV is thrilled to be part of TEEEM through the branch of TEEEM Lakota.

The June 5 meeting recapped a year of education, fundraising, and philanthropy initiated by the One Spirit student group at Pascack Valley. Also, in attendance at the meeting was Jennifer Richards, the director of the Allen Youth Center on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The goal of the fundraising was to put the money towards a laundry facility for the youth center, to be used by the entire community. Access to clean clothing is not insignificant, yet it is something most people in the United States take for granted. According to the manufacturer Whirlpool, 1 in 5 students do not have access to clean clothes, making them more likely to miss school. This inevitably leads to higher dropout rates. Having clean clothing is a matter of pride and gives children a sense of self confidence that is immeasurable. Clean clothing is also necessary for good hygiene and individual health. The goal of One Spirit at Pascack Valley is to help build this laundry facility to give the families of the Pine Ridge Reservation access to clean clothing. One Spirit Pascack Valley was thrilled to make the $10,000 donation and honored to have Jarret, Jennifer, and Jeri all in attendance. For more information on One Spirit Pascack Valley/TEEEM Lakota please visit our website:
Cohen and Jones
Pictured:  PV Seniors Rachel Cohen and Olivia Jones

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