CLARK, NJ - Arthur L. Johnson students collected $805 to buy gifts for families in need during the holiday season with their Your Change can Change the World fundraiser. 

Students collected change during lunch periods to raise funds for families of students attending the Newark Regional Day School.  Each class adopted one family and received a wish list.

Wishes included socks, sweatshirts, basketballs Barbie dolls, make-up and ShopRite gift cards.  According to school officials, one boy asked only for a ShopRite gift card because his mom recently lost her job. 

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Several other ALJ school organizations and classes including Miss Mills’ class, SMAC, football, Spanish National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, the Science Department, Italian Club, Key Club, and French Club also collected on behalf of the families.   

Faculty, staff, and administrators jumped in on the cause by using an "Electronic Giving Tree" to fund gifts for six additional families. A district-wide jeans day was also held for teachers and the money donated for the day was used to buy coats, toys, and additional ShopRite gift cards.

 “I am so proud of all of our students.  I started this program as a way to make the students more aware of the situations that other children are in during the holidays.  I wanted them to donate their money so it would mean something to them.  As our posters say, your change can change the world,”  said Anne Marciano, ALJ math teacher and fundraiser organizer.