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Millburn High School Students Help Typhoon Victims

Ilina Ghosh

Monday, November 25, 2013 • 6:58pm

MILLBURN, NJ - Millburn High School students canvassed downtown this past Saturday  to raise money for the recent disaster in the Philippines. They collected money and sold T-shirts throughout the day to people in their cars and walking by. Students were walking the streets from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the 40-degree day.

“I think this is a great idea and fundraiser,” said Olivia Estes, standing in the Saturday morning chill. "The effort these kids took to come together made a difference and should be commended."

These dedicated teenagers consisted of members of the school's Key Club, the biggest club in the school, and Red Cross Club, as well as many other prominent groups. Sylvia Levy, the president of Key Club stated, “Working with various school organizations and my fantastic classmates gave me a real sense of pride in what our small community is capable of.”

The motto of the operation was "Pagasa," which means Hope in Tagalo, the Philippines' main language. This was highlighted in the black T-shirts made for the event with a globe showing the Phillipines and Pagasa written across the front which were designed by sophomore Shannon Peng.

Evanie Anglade wants to continue to do these events for years to come. “A lot of people are still suffering," she said. "I think over time others start to forget about these types of disasters, but if we start raising money right away and do an event maybe on a yearly basis we can continually donate to the Philippines and help some families who we can’t otherwise aid.”

The teachers Ms. Siegel, Ms. Vasquez and Mr. Cooperman helped run the event. “I am so grateful to everyone involved in this effort and would like to say a special thanks to Mrs. Siegel for her guidance and the key role she played,” Levy said. By the end of the day, they had raised more than $4,000. Students will be raising more money at the Thanksgiving school football game this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  

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