As the school year came to a close, Roosevelt Intermediate School Students in Westfield, who are members of Girls Learn International (GLI), raised $1,300 in their “Hungry for an Education” fundraising and advocacy event to benefit their partner school in Afghanistan. The event took place at the Garwood ShopRite, where Roosevelt students shared information with shoppers about their partner school, providing statistics to demonstrate the connection between girls’ education and the reduction of malnutrition worldwide. 

The students bagged groceries while they spoke with shoppers about this worthy cause and handed out bookmarks as people left the store.

“I am very proud of the work the student volunteers did.  Raising awareness is as important as the money we raised.  With the assistance and generosity of Garwood ShopRite owner Nico Sumas, the ShopRite staff and the community, we accomplished both our goals,” remarked Karen Lust, who together with Dominick Ceccio is an advisor to the Roosevelt chapter. Girls Learn International began in Westfield in 2003 to promote education for girls around the world. 

The Roosevelt GLI chapter met all year learning about the lives of children around the world who do not have access to education, communicating with students at its partner school in Afghanistan, and fundraising to provide school supplies and support educational programming.