PATERSON, NJ – A fundraising effort launched by students at the School of Business, Technology, Marketing and Finance (BTMF) at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex raised enough money to show appreciation for 170 essential workers. So what will these future business leaders do next? Raise more money!

The students, led by Lorennys Garcia and Reyismel Valerio, are members of BTMF’s DECA chapter. DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) is a national nonprofit organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

They started the BTMF DECA Cares campaign in July with the goals of helping to stimulate the local economy and showing appreciation for some of Paterson’s essential workers by providing lunch from local restaurants for 100 local nursing home workers. To promote awareness of BTMF DECA Cares, the chapter released a video.

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On two days in August, the students had lunches delivered to 170 employees at Paterson nursing homes with the $380 the campaign had raised.

Now the students have set their sights on reaching their fundraising goal of $1,000.

“I want to congratulate the students of the BTMF DECA Cares campaign for their efforts in supporting local restaurants and helping essential workers who are caring for our senior citizens living in nursing homes,” said Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer. “I encourage everyone to spread the word about this campaign in any way they can.”

BTMF DECA’s social media handles are btmfdeca on Instagram, Btmfdeca on Facebook, and @BtmfDeca on Twitter.

“Lorennys and Reyismel devoted themselves all summer to helping local businesses and our unsung heroes who work in Paterson’s nursing homes,” said Martine Grant, teacher and faculty advisor to the DECA Chapter at BTMF. “We hope that more people will join our cause to support nursing home employees and Paterson’s small businesses.”

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