Garrett Recognizes Washington Middle School Students for Winning Dollars for Darfur Fundraising Campaign

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Paramus, NJ, Jun 19 – On Monday, Representative Scott Garrett congratulated two students from Washington Middle School in Ridgewood for their efforts in helping to raise $8,543 for persecuted citizens in Darfur. Justin Halle and Abby Abric, two class officers at Washington Middle, recently won a trip to Washington, D.C., where they visited Garrett’s office.

The Save Darfur Coalition sponsored the Dollars for Darfur National School Challenge and Washington Middle placed in the top ten out of the more than 400 schools that competed. Students at the school earned money by hosting a dance and raised awareness through a poster campaign on campus.

Garrett stated:

“I am proud of these young students and their dedication to alleviating the suffering in Darfur. Their imaginative fundraising and awareness campaign has drawn attention to the needs of millions of Sudanese citizens. I have worked to support and protect the victims in Darfur and I am honored that schools like Washington Middle have joined me in continuing to fight for an end to the atrocities and violence.”

The Dollars for Darfur National School Challenge was started in 2006 by students at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Massachusetts. The competition expanded without a marketing budget by using social networking websites to recruit participating high schools. This year, the competition raised more than $112,000 nationally and will be presented to Save Darfur and humanitarian aid organizations operating in Darfur. The challenge began last August and ended in May.

The Save Darfur Coalition is an alliance of more than 180 faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations that raise public awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur and mobilizes a unified response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of people throughout the Darfur region. The coalition’s member organizations represent 130 million people of all ages, races, religions and political affiliations united together to help the people of Darfur.

Expressing comments and concerns to your elected Representative is one of the most important privileges in American government. Congressman Scott Garrett encourages the people in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District to take a moment to Write Your Representative and share your comments.


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