Two students selling templates are Matias Hahn and Evan Uscatu of Montclair High School.
Newark, NJ—Children’s Hospital of New Jersey’s (CHoNJ) Building Blocks of Hope and Healing Campaign will receive a boost from some civic-minded students at Montclair High School who have chosen to raise money for the campaign through their own initiative. The students, all part of the Civics and Government Institute (CGI) at the high school, are launching a fundraiser called ‘Dollar for Dollar’ where they hope to raise a dollar from all 250 members of CGI, which will then be donated to the Building Blocks Campaign.
As part of being in the small learning community that is CGI, students partake in civically and governmentally minded activities and studies.
“These students inspire all members of the community by their ongoing efforts to support families and children at CHoNJ,” says John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and CHoNJ. “We greatly appreciate their contributions and plan to use this campaign to launch a new era in comfort for patients and families.”
Building Blocks of Hope and Healing is a unique website that will raise enough money to create a home away from home for families with ill or injured children who are staying at CHoNJ, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The plan is to remodel an entire floor to give these families a home away from home. Virtual Blocks are available for purchase at $25, $50, and $100 dollar increments by visiting www.buildingblocksofhope.org.
Students from CGI already donated gifts this holiday season to CHoNJ through another fundraising effort.
“It has been absolutely wonderful to participate in these efforts for CHoNJ and for the community,” says Tessa Bangs, project organizer and sophomore at Montclair High School. “We feel a great sense of fulfillment by seeing what we can accomplish and can easily relate to the patients who are being helped.”
Other student organizers for the ‘Dollar for Dollar’ project include Allie Caruso, Bridget Festa, Matias Hahn, Mabel Harriman-Smith, and Lucas Napolitano. Two of the teacher supervisors for CGI are Liliya Panayev and Andrea McLaughlin.
During the project, students can donate a dollar and then draw a design that will be featured on the CHoNJ Building Blocks website. One student’s drawing will also be chosen for the cover of CGI’s yearbook.
Videos about the campaign can be seen on You Tube by searching Children's Hospital of New Jersey. For more information about the Building Blocks Campaign, please visit www.buildingblocksofhope.org.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is fifth in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Saint Barnabas Health Care System affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.com
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Barnabas Health, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 1-888-724-7123.
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March 14, 2012
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