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Students in the Archdiocese of Newark Raise Funds for Tsunami Relief
The need to give and the ability to help can come in all shapes and sizes, and in the case of students from three schools in the Archdiocese of Newark, all ages. Responding to Archbishop John J. Myers’ announcement that the parishes and schools can hold special collections to go to the Tsunami Relief Fund at Catholic Relief Services, three schools have found creative ways to get the students motivated to help others.
St. Mary of the Assumption RC Elementary and High Schools in Elizabeth will combine efforts to raise needed funds for tsunami relief for Southeast Asia. Each student will encourage sponsors to "pave the school hallway with hearts" as they share their concern and support for each other.
Students will receive sponsor sheets asking relatives and friends for $1 for each name that will be placed on a heart that will be hung in the hallways of the school. It is expected that all of the hearts will hang on the walls through the month of February - National Heart month.
"The Our Hearts Are With You project will be a visible sign that reminds all students of the importance of reaching out over the miles of ocean separating us. Monetary donations arc crucial for the rebuilding process and to provide needed medical supplies,” said MaryAnn Mancini and Janet Malko, principals of the elementary and high schools, respectively.
Students will receive sponsor sheets the week of January 10 and hearts will be hung as soon as donations begin coming in.
In Fair Lawn, students at St. Anne RC Elementary, a Pre-K- 8 School, are Making a Change, by donating their spare change to the Tsunami relief fund. Second Grade teachers, Mrs. Andrea LoBue and Mrs. Lois Wallace, started a coin collection in the foyer of the school with a large jar.
“The jar will remain in the school foyer through the end of the month so the students can see the progress being made by their efforts and watch the jar fill-up,” said Principal Loretta Stachiotti.