Teachers and staff representing Washington and Wilson Elementary Schools in Westfield participated in a volleyball match on May 23, with each school raising money for a charity of their choice. Washington School raised more than $1,900 for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.

“This charity is near and dear to the Washington community because Jake Stinton, a 4th grader at Washington, was diagnosed with Crohn's last year. Jake and his family have been working hard to raise awareness and money for the foundation,” explained teacher Elizabeth Reilly.

“The staff was proud to wear Jake's shirt as our uniform,” added teacher Kerri Ponzio.

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Wilson School, who won the match, collected close to $2,000 for the Valerie Fund to support one of their students diagnosed with leukemia.

“While supporting our students and these charities, we all won,” stated Ponzio. 

The teachers and staff of Washington School are pictured here with Jake wearing the t-shirt he designed, which also will be worn by his team Awesome Dude in the Liberty State Park Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Walk on June 11, 2017.