CESJDS Students Raising Money for Teens with Heartsongs to Benefit Children’s National Hospital

By: CESJDS Student Fundraisers

October 28, 2022

Rockville, MD – Students at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School are participating in a nationwide fundraising effort with Teens with Heartsongs to raise money and awareness for families of children receiving overnight care and long-term care at Children’s National Hospital.The hospital is one of the world’s best-specialized hospitals and provides treatment to over 200,000 patients every year, however, many families find themselves stretched across the country and unable to support and comfort each other before, during, and after treatment. This program funds the housing so these families can be together during these difficult times.

“The cost of a hotel would have been incredibly burdensome for us.” said an anonymous family. “Our family is so grateful to the Teens with Heartsongs program. We don’t know what we would have done without you! Thank you!”

You can contribute to their efforts here;

About Teens With Heartsongs
Teens with Heartsongs is a leadership program for high school students that provides teens with important life skills, an introduction to philanthropy and building community, and the ability to know that they are making a difference in the hearts, minds, and health of hundreds of children each year. Teens with Heartsongs works in conjunction with The Heartsongs Fund which was established in 2001 as a tribute to Mattie J.T. Stepanek, a child poet, peacemaker, and an inspiration to us all. Mattie was a long-time patient of Children’s National before he lost his battle with a rare form of muscular dystrophy in June 2004.

To honor Mattie, and the enormous efforts put forth by the family of doctors and nurses at Children’s, not just on Mattie’s behalf, but on behalf of the millions of children treated at the Hospital every year, The Heartsongs Fund was created to support the hospital’s housing initiative for patients and families. Since its inception, The Heartsongs Fund has raised nearly $2,000,000.

For more information and to donate to this worthy cause and support the fundraising efforts of local teens, please visit

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