Courtney Nash, a sixth-grader at Wood Hill Middle School organized a school dance on Friday, May 6 to raise money for "Save the Rainforest" as part of her bat mitzvah project. More than 100 students attended, and through the admission price and generous donations she was able to raise $500 for the organization, according to a release.

"I've learned that there are millions of animals and plants that are dying every day because people are clearing forests, rainforest, grassland and marshlands. These habitats are homes to all kinds of animals and plants," said Courtney. "Many of these animals have no place to go, their habitats are shrinking and their food supplies are shrinking too. This is why we are seeing more and more wild animals in our neighborhoods. We are destroying their homes and they are looking for food. I'm hoping that by raising money we can help save the animals and their homes."

DJ Ari Goldstein, a senior at Gan Academy, donated his services, playing music all night. He runs a business called Rock Star Productions.

"It's great to help out and provide entertainment to help raise money for really good causes," said Ari. "We have helped out at several non-profit events and have DJ'd school dances and other types of parties. It's a blast to see kids and people of all ages dance and enjoy the music."

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