Builders Club donates to Heart-a-thon; receives donation from Kiwanis.

Members of the Builders Club at RJK Middle School both gave and received recently.

Four adults and seven middle school students in a row as one of the students presents a check to one of the adults
Members of the RJK Builders Club present a check for $100 to Lori Orestano-James and Al Frangipane to benefit the Heart-a-thon. Far left is Sheila Lashinsky, a member of the Monticello Kiwanis Club. In the center is William Oefelein, the club’s advisor.

The students sold paper hearts during a fundraiser for the Heart-a-thon at Catskill Regional Hospital. The club raised $100 and presented a check for that amount to Al Frangipane and Lori Orestano-James, volunteers for the Heart-a-thon.

Then it was the club’s turn to receive. Emil Motl, a member of the Monticello Kiwanis Club, which sponsors the Builders Club, donated $100 to the group on behalf of the Kiwanis, which will be used for community service projects planned for the next few months.

A woman and man are smiling. he woman presents a club charter from 1990 to the man, who is the club's advisor.
Lori Orestano-James, the first advisor of the Builders Club, presents the original charter for the club to its current advisor, William Oefelein.

The Builders Club is a service leadership club with tech teacher William Oefelein as the club’s advisor. Ms. Orestano-James, currently the school board president and previously a teacher and administrator in the district, was the very first advisor to the Builders Club when it was first formed. She had the original charter for the club, signed on July 25, 1990 by then Kiwanis President Larry Wechsler, and presented it to Mr. Oefelein.