Even when school is not in session, you might find Robyn Goldberg at the Upper School campus. This summer, Robyn was head counselor of Camp HOPE, a day camp hosted at the Hartsdale campus of Schechter Westchester. When Robyn was in tenth grade, she received together with each of her classmates a $50 grant with the condition that each student does something kind for another person with the money.
Robyn convinced 17 of her friends to combine their money and host a summer fun day for the children of HOPE Community Services, a local organization that provides food, shelter, and support services for homeless and low-income individuals. One year later, Robyn won a two-year car lease in a raffle and chose to take the cash equivalent in order to enlarge her vision from one day of fun to a week-long day camp experience. That was during the summer of 2017.
For the second summer in a row, Robyn – together with family and friends – operated Camp Hope this summer. Schechter Westchester has been a proud host of the camp, but the undertaking of founding and running a camp has rested on the spirited and capable shoulders of Robyn, her mother, Lynette, and her brother Julian, who was a staff member for the camp. Campers enjoyed a life-changing experience, engaging in typical day camp activities: sports, arts & crafts, baking, water activities, a magic show and more.
Robyn says “this experience changed my life” and she continues to dream bigger. Now a member of the class of 2018, Robyn is taking her capability and passion to Emory University where she plans to study neuroscience and ultimately wants to work with children. Her commitment to education and helping others are values deeply rooted in her family and enriched by her Schechter education and experience.