WARREN, NJ – 4th and 5th grade student leaders from Warren Township Central School organized and promoted a school-wide fundraiser in support of Operation Shoebox during the week of January 9.

Operation Shoebox is an organization dedicated to collecting supplies and sending donations
care packages to US troops based in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries around the world.

To select the fundraising initiative, student leaders discussed their top priorities.

In a practical way, many students shared the desire to raise funds for Operation Shoebox.

Ghina AlJadda, a 5th year student leader, shared, “It’s a great fundraiser because we were able to help American troops. It was cool to see our project help so many people.”

To promote the event, student leaders hung posters throughout the school and visited classrooms to share fundraising details. To add a fun touch, student leaders sorted items at recess and kept a tally of the daily number of donations by grade.

Grade 5 emerged victorious with over 500 items donated during the week.

On January 18, Rod Hirsch, executive director of Operation Shoebox (NJ branch), recovered more than 3,000 items from Central School, including deodorant, soap, batteries, sunscreen,
toothpaste, socks, granola bars and other essentials.

Hirsch was thrilled with the quality and quantity of the donations and looked forward to continuing his partnership with the Central School community.

Group Leader Ms. Alyssa Pech would like to thank the amazing families, students and teachers
who donated to the event. For more information about Operation Shoebox or to donate, visit their
website at opshoeboxnj.org.

– Submitted by Warren Township Schools

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