Hi! My name is Lauren Atkens. Thanks for taking the time to check out my fundraising page :)
I am excited to be participating in Plant Your Way to Israel, raising funds to support Jewish National Fund's critical forestry efforts while at the same time raising funds for my own study abroad trip to Israel! As you may know, I recently was accepted to Alexander Muss High School in Israel for a semester of my senior year. I have always wanted to visit Israel and the opportunity to raise awareness and fundraise for such a great cause at the same time is such a privilege.
Judaism and Israel have meant so much to me since I was little, so when the opportunity to study in Israel while still in high school was offered to me, I couldn't pass it up. I have the opportunity to take my AP classes in Israel while getting the "Ultimate College Experience" by living in dorms and away from home. I'm also taking an Israel Studies class, where I learn about the history of Israel and its significant landscapes, and then go visit that place the next day
Your support is beneficial and appreciated in many ways possible: 50% of funds raised support JNF's green initiatives in Israel, specifically forestry work and planting trees, and the other 50% will help cover my tuition, airfare, room and board, and other expenses on campus.
As exciting as the trip sounds, it does come with a high cost. I'm very excited about this once in a lifetime opportunity and to share my experience with you. Every kind of support helps, so please help me reach my fundraising goal for my Plant Your Way to Israel experience – make your tax-deductible donation today!