SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Over the last few weeks, students at Saint James the Apostle School (SJS) in Springfield joined the effort to raise funds in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). They were led by Grade 1 teacher, Mrs. Stacy West, and Grade 5 teacher, Ms. Jean Feely.
The students set a school-wide fund-raising goal of $3,000 and came up with many innovative ways to raise the money. For instance, the entire student body purchased over 100 paper sneakers, which now adorn the school’s hallways. The Knitting Club created and sold colorful scarves, hats, purses, bracelets and headbands. Some of the proceeds from a recent Student Council-sponsored dress-down day (Dress for a Cause) were added to the donations. Students in Grade 1 organized a golf-like “Hole in One” competition during lunch time. They also hosted a Mother’s Day magnet sale, selling flower shaped magnets they helped paint and decorate.
SJS students learned first-hand what it is like to live with diabetes when Mrs. West’s son, Noah, who was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes several years ago, came to the school to speak with the students and share his experiences.
On Friday, May 18, at a school-wide assembly, SJS students learned that at $3,155.40, their fundraising efforts had exceeded their expectations. Mrs. West and her first graders presented JDRF representative, Stacy D’Archangel, a very large check created by art teacher, Mrs. Traci Burns. After receiving the good news that they had exceeded their goal, the students celebrated with a walk around the school in support of JDRF.
In the last three years, SJS students have raised over $10,000 in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Heifer International and now the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It is amazing to see the students use their time and talent, as well as their own treasure, to help those they do not even know.
SJS has been serving the parishioners of Saint James the Apostle Church in Springfield and surrounding communities for 65 years. Saint James the Apostle School offers students from PreK-3 through Grade 8 a Roman Catholic faith-based education which acknowledges each child's individual ability to achieve their fullest potential academically, socially, and spiritually.