BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Former Hillside Intermediate School teacher Neal Sehgal has recently published a book of photography and poetry called “RISE” — and he is using the book to donate to local non-profits.

Sehgal said he donates the book to organizations for their use in fundraising for their own initiatives, inlcuding the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter; Roots & Wings, which helps foster youth; Homeless Solutions, a homeless shelter and case management organization; HeartWorks, an organization of women providing acts of kindness; Animals Battalion, an animal advocacy organization; PS108, an educational center providing meditation and yoga classes; and public libraries in the tri-state area.

“Each sale of the book gives me the opportunity to donate to those who would otherwise not be able to afford the book, and who could best benefit from the book’s message,” he said. “The idea is that we all ‘rise together.’”

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The book, Sehgal said, rose organically.

“For the last few years, I have had to endure a number of trials and tribulations,” he said. “As I met each cantankerous problem with the best solutions that I could, I also took each experience as an opportunity to reflect on myself and the world around me.”

“I started finding myself writing down my thoughts each night to keep track of my self-study, and eventually my notes started to make their way into poems,” he added.

For more about Sehgal's book and the way he gives back, check out the May issue of The BReeze, arriving in homes next week!