South Orangetown Central School District

Yesterday, South Orangetown Middle School National Junior Honor Society Co-Presidents Elizabeth M. and David K., Vice President Jeff F. and Treasurer Jacob M. presented Hi-Tor Animal Care Center Executive Director Michael Salmond with a $940 donation. NJHS member Neil O. was also recognized as the top fundraiser.

Hi-Tor was the beneficiary of donations collected throughout Spirit Week earlier this year. Members chose the local nonprofit organization as one of the charities they wished to support based on its dedication to and compassion toward animal care and advocacy. The animal care center, located in Pomona, takes in over 2,000 animals each year. “By supporting a cause for animals, you are also supporting the people that dedicate their efforts to bettering the lives of these animals,” Salmond said. “You should be very proud of the work you’ve done to help.”

The National Junior Honor Society celebrates academic excellence. Students in grades 7 and 8 who demonstrate a consistently high level of academic performance, including an average of at least 92, are invited to participate. Candidates must also demonstrate leadership, service, good character and citizenship and, through membership, are supported in further developing these qualities.

NJHS officers handing Hi Tor director a check donation