The Junior-Senior High School was proud to participate in Red Nose Day on May 27 for the fifth consecutive year. Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the nonprofit organization Comic Relief Inc., a registered U.S. public charity.
The fundraising campaign is dedicated to ending child poverty in the United States, Puerto Rico, and communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The money raised by Red Nose Day has benefited nearly 25 million children in America as well as children in over 30 countries. Donations provide children with meals, educational supports, access to basic health services, life-saving vaccines and shelter.
Red Nose Day brings East Rockaway students together to raise money and change the lives of children in need. The day helps students understand the issue of child poverty, develop empathy and realize their power to help others. Students feel empowered as they learn that they can make positive change in the world, even amidst the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19.
The Key Club and school social worker Ms. Amy Weissman held a fundraiser during lunch periods to raise awareness and collect money to support organizations that help combat child poverty. For a donation of $1, students and staff could purchase a sanitary, individually wrapped red nose and take a selfie with a selfie frame titled #NOSESON. A total of $300 was raised at the Junior/Senior High School. Throughout the week, facts and statistics about child poverty were announced on the morning announcements and shared on the TV monitors throughout the hallways.
In addition, the district’s Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue elementary schools also participated in fundraising efforts, with Rhame raising $400 and Centre raising $300. A total of $1,000 was raised districtwide.