Disaster victims get helping hand from Morristown 5th graders

TJ kids sell books to raise money for disaster relief: Sitting in Bottom row (l to r) Jean Huiracocha, Stephanie Roldan Tacuri, Dante Soriano, David Horan.

TJ kids sell books to raise money for disaster relief: Sitting in Bottom row (l to r) Jean Huiracocha, Stephanie Roldan Tacuri, Dante Soriano, David Horan.
Second Row (l to r): Dylan Grniet, Karol Bedoya, Daneyah Thomas, Anjelica Perez Gomez, Nicholas Voltaggio.
Third Row (l to R):Allan Alquinto, Kevin Dzikowski, Rachel Farbman, Katie Siverson, Olivia Kemper, Andrew Arzberger.
Last Row (l to R) Wendy Terhune, Malachi Cameron, Kelis Curtis, Christopher Cruz and Karen Thompson. Photo courtesy of Suzie Vail.

 

By Suzie Vail

A 5th grade class at Thomas Jefferson School in Morristown has already raised about $300 in its ongoing fundraiser–”Storm of Stories”– for victims of recent natural disasters .

Under the guidance of their teacher, Karen Thompson, the students discussed, planned and are in the midst of executing the “Storm of Stories” fundraiser. They will present the American Red Cross with their earnings. The money is specifically intended for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan as well as the victims of the tornadoes in the Midwest.

“At Thomas Jefferson Elementary, we place tremendous emphasis on character education,” said Mrs. Thompson. “It is important for children to think of others and realize that they can make a difference in someone’s life. Whether it is a kind word, a helping hand, or a fundraiser to benefit victims of natural disasters, every person can, and should have a postive impact on others.

Students first built their book inventory by soliciting slightly used books from family, friends and the TJ community. Once they secured enough books appropriate for school-aged children, they were ready to start selling to students during TJ’s lunch time. Prices ranged from 25 cents to $2.

“I believe the lessons students learn from helping others are ones they will carry with them for the rest of thier lives,” said Mrs. Thompson. “I am very proud of the way my students have embraced this fundraiser and love that they were able to experience just how wonderful it feels to help others in need.”

Mrs. Thompson’s class last year raised more the $1,500 selling bracelets for the Super Storm Sandy victims.

Suzie Vail is a member of the Thomas Jefferson Parent Teacher Organization.



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