School Philanthropy Assignment Benefits Senior’s Alma Mater
Volunteers work with Seth Abramowitz, project coordinator, to set up a new computer lab at HPS. Credit: Rochel Levertov
By Michelle Kaman
When asked about the challenges he faced in making his dream a reality, “The hardest part was organizing the people,” answered Seth Abramowitz, St. Andrew's Episcopal School senior. When tasked with creating a philanthropy project to benefit his community, he chose to create a computer lab for the Hebrew Preparatory School, his alma mater.
“I have so many great and lifelong memories,” he reminisced, “I thought, ‘Who needs this, who could use this?’ I figured that [HPS] needed this the most.”
Abramowitz pooled his resources and sought help from the community to raise money, purchase supplies and build a computer lab.
“The lab needed to be portable,” Abramowitz explained. “[My] goal [was] to construct 3-4 computers, a desk, some shelving, and purchase chairs and computer peripherals.”
HPS has outgrown its current location and is looking to purchase a building in Northwest Hills. Abramowitz wanted to ensure that the computer lab would be able to move with the growing school.
When asked what led him to choose this project he said, “One day I realized that this projects the act of giving with my love for computers. It sounded perfect.”
Abramowitz installed the finished project at the beginning of March with the help of volunteers he recruited.
His biggest challenge was “to prevent people from wasting their time. I overcame this by changing my perspective from a member of the working team to the leader of the team, and everything seemed to click into place.”
“My hope,” Abramowitz said, “is that the students receive a fundamental understanding of technology, [especially] in this world where that knowledge is required to succeed.” ■