Students IMPACT Chilton Hospital pediatrics

| 28 Jun 2012 | 08:28

POMPTON PLAINS — For the third consecutive year, students from Windsor School in West Milford raised money to purchase toys, games, crayons, books and other items for Chilton Hospital’s Pediatrics Department.

The students – Michael Cagno, Raymond Chico, Matthew Guarriello, Jonathan Rumore and Courtney Ventura – donated $375 worth of gifts on June 12. The five students are members of Windsor School’s “IMPACT Club,” which stands for “Interested in Making Positive Achievements in the Community Together.”

The state-approved school offers alternative education for students with Attention Deficit Disorder, specific learning disabilities and Asperger’s Syndrome.

“It’s truly inspiring to see students raise money to help other kids in need,” said Chilton Pediatric Department nurse Andrea Figueroa, RNII. “It’s evident by the smiles on their faces when they dropped off the bags full of donations that the students feel rewarded for doing a great deed. I can guarantee that the gifts will be put to good use.”

IMPACT raised the money for the Pediatric Department through many campaigns that began in September. This included the second year of the successful “Pennies for Patients” initiative where various collection jars are placed around the school for students and faculty to donate spare change.

“The students offered a variety of methods to raise money for gifts, including bake sales and a dress-down day, where school staff each contributed $5 to dress casually,” said Windsor School teacher Denise Cole. “It was a great experience for the students because they learned valuable skills while helping others.”