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Yorktown Students Take Part In Mahopac's JennaJackPack Project

Cathy Nolan, left, thanks the students along with with 8th Grade special education teacher Veronica Hildinger, center left, and math and science teacher Jill Proskin, center right.
Cathy Nolan, left, thanks the students along with with 8th Grade special education teacher Veronica Hildinger, center left, and math and science teacher Jill Proskin, center right. Photo Credit: Contributed

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. --Yorktown students are helping to give back those facing a tragic loss, inspired by a Mahopac family

Strang Middle School students participated in theJennaJackPack Project. The new charity seeks to empower students to show concern and care for classmates who have experienced the unexpected loss of a parent or a sibling.

Cathy Nolan of Mahopac, who lost her 14-year-old daughter Jenna three years ago, said the efforts of other children helped her son find comfort when his older sister died suddenly.

One child, Johnny Bernardi, delivered a basket of her Nolan's son's favorite treats after Jenna died.

“This simple, empathetic act really had a positive impact upon my son. One child helping another really makes a difference,” said Nolan.

The JennaJackPack Project is also named for Jack Egan Reyna, who died in 2012 at age 13.

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