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New Visions Business Academy Gives Back

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The eleven high school seniors of the New Visions Business Academy at Broome-Tioga BOCES shared their experience as a junior achievement project on Thursday. Their company, NVision, raised their money by selling greeting cards made by a local artist and water bottles with a detachable storage compartment. 

NVision's net profit of $3300 was divided and donated to local charities - the Memory Maker Project, the Broome County Humane Society, a Room to Heal, createABLE, a Room to Heal, and Warmth for Winter.

 "That was kind of our decision from day one to provide back to the community that's given so much to us, especially with this opportunity," said Binghamton High School's Sage McCormick. 

Students selected charities they had personal experience with, whether that be to a volunteer capacity or to benefit a cause they are passionate about. Vestal High School senior Anthony Haykal suggested the Memory Maker Project because he recently lost his grandfather to dementia. Another student worked with a Room to Heal as a child when she was incredibly ill.

"There's eleven of us so we all have our own stories and all of these things that have touched us in our lives," said Haykal. "I really wanted to give something back to something I knew a lot about.

"Giving back can mean the world to one person."