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From left: Briarcliff High School Listening Without Sound club members Angelina Rutolo, Liza Pacchiana, Anjli Patel, Megan Donoghue and Becca Rubenstein held bake sales to raise money for New York School for the Deaf students.
From left: Briarcliff High School Listening Without Sound club members Angelina Rutolo, Liza Pacchiana, Anjli Patel, Megan Donoghue and Becca Rubenstein held bake sales to raise money for New York School for the Deaf students. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- When Briarcliff High School students Liza Pacchiana and Anjli Patel discovered that many families with deaf children live at or below the poverty level, they decided to help.

Inspired to make a difference for these children, Pacchiana founded a new school club, Listening Without Sound, and encouraged her classmates to join. The club has 10 members and two volunteer advisors, Rosemarie Huber and Mary Oliver.

The group reached out to New York School for the Deaf in Elmsford to find out how it could help. “The club’s plans are evolving,” said Oliver. “We held two bake sales as fundraisers in December, one at the high school and one in town, on the Saturday before the holidays. People were very generous!”

Between the two bake sales, Listening Without Sound raised $700, which was used to purchase 14 $50 gift cards to give to New York School for the Deaf students in time for the holidays.

“The club is in the process of coming up with other ideas for fundraisers and ways to help offset some costs for these families, such as school supplies,” said Oliver.

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