Student-Led Edgewater Disaster Relief

Upper School student clubs CODES (Community Outreach for Dwight-Englewood School) and HOPE (Helping Out People Everywhere) co-led an Edgewater Disaster Relief Donations Drive that was organized to assist family victims of the fire at the Avalon apartment complex in Edgewater on January 21. The Drive was held from January 29 to February 6, and baby- and toddler-related donations were collected, as well as household items and gift cards.

Additionally, some entrepreneurial Lower Schoolers opened a pop-up store in the Lower School Lobby – the proceeds of which also supported this effort. Second grade teachers Kristin Geller, Marina Byrne and Jessica Rullo shared the background of their students’ endeavor:

“As part of the second grade’s yearlong study of communities, the students completed a focus on economics and how it impacts our local community. We began by learning about bartering and money systems. We focused on the money system in the United States and how that money is made. We also learned about the important concepts of: earning money and spending money, income, producers, consumers, goods, services, needs and wants, supply and demand, and of course profits.

“To make all of this information true-to-life, we held a one-day Pop-Up School Store in the Lower School. To prepare for this curricular project, the students were assigned to one of three “divisions”: PR/Marketing, Finance and Retail.  Each division had specific jobs to do such as advertising, determining price and profits, and sales.

“On Tuesday, February 10, the Pop-Up School Store took place. Our Lower School consumers attended the Grand Opening/Final Sales event and bought the products that were supplied – pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers and more! Thanks to the various purchases, as well as generous donations, we made over $400. The money the students yielded has been donated to the families that were affected by the recent fire at the Avalon Community in Edgewater, NJ. The Second Grade Pop-Up School Store was a huge success! The students solidified their understanding of economics and also experienced the pleasure of giving back to our own community.”

Our thoughts go to all those who have been negatively affected as a result of this event.


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