HOBOKEN, NJ - The Eighth Graders at All Saints Episcopal Day School in Hoboken were supposed to be in Ecuador last Spring. Instead, they were in quarantine. Yet as COVID-19 dashed countless travel plans worldwide, these students saw an opportunity to take money they had been saving as a class since 4th grade and put it to good use—right here in the community they call home.
"Like many members of the Class of 2020, our year did not quite end as we anticipated," reads a letter from the All Saints Episcopal Day School 8th Graders, detailing their scuttled plans for a long-awaited trip to Ecuador. "As a class, we decided we wanted to donate the funds for our to a local organization. After lots of hard thinking and researching, we decided the Hoboken Relief Fund is where we wanted our money to go."
Accompanying that letter from these selfless students was a check in the amount of $10,000.
"We're glad to be able to help support independently owned businesses and Hoboken residents who have or are still suffering from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic."
The Hoboken Relief Fund is spearheaded by a group of citizens who are dedicated to helping Hoboken small businesses and Hoboken residents weather the economic and financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Organized by fund trustees Councilwoman Jen Giattino, Councilman Phil Cohen and Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla, the Hoboken Relief Fund is committed to investing in the local economy, helping small businesses—the backbone of the Hoboken community—get back on their feet, while simultaneously working to help Hoboken’s vulnerable residents, families and senior citizens.
"The Trustees of the Hoboken Relief Fund are humbled by this gift from All Saints Episcopal Day School’s Class of 2020. What a wonderful way to support their Hoboken neighbors who are struggling from the impact of COVID-19," said 5th Ward Councilman Phil Cohen. "Of the more than $400,000 the Hoboken Relief Fund has received, this gift stands apart. I was fortunate to meet and speak with some of the wonderful young men and women from the Class of 2020 this week, accept their extraordinary contribution, congratulate them on their accomplishments and thank them for their kindness."
Located at 707 Washington Street, All Saints Episcopal Day School is an independent school of approximately 240 students in Nursery through Eighth Grade, serving children of all faiths in Hoboken since 1985.
If the Class of 2020 is any indication, All Saints does an exemplary job of teaching those students what it means to be part of a community.