Roselle Public Schools Raises $6,000 For Haiti Relief

ROSELLE–Roselle Public Schools raised more than $6,000 Friday in disaster relief funding for victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

The money was raised through a district-wide “Dress Down Day.” For a donation of $2, students were allowed to dress in casual clothes for the day. Teachers were also allowed to participate for a donation of $3. Many students and teachers generously donated more than the required amount.


Roselle’s elementary, middle and junior high schools normally require students to dress in uniforms. Abraham Clark High School does not have a uniform policy, but it has a strict dress code. Both were waived for the day in honor of the fundraising effort.

The dress down day was organized by each school’s parent teacher organization. The members of each PTO worked together as one district-wide PTO to coordinate the fundraising effort and maximize the school district’s contribution.

The money will be donated today to the Tri-County Chapter of the American Red Cross in Plainfield.

Roselle is home to a large population of Haitian-Americans. Many members of the community were particularly affected by the tragedy. Additional measures aimed at Haitian relief are planned, including a change drop for coinage at several schools and a collection of baby supplies, hand sanitizer, socks, underwear and canned goods at Abraham Clark High School, which will be donated to Dayspring Ministries, a Chester, New Jersey church that operates an orphanage in Haiti.

Washington School Haiti Fundraiser: Students from Washington Elementary School helped Roselle Public Schools raise more than $6,000 for earthquake victims in Haiti by participating in a Dress Down Day fundraiser. Front row (from left to right): Alex Lefevre, Shawn Walker, Jeremy Joachim, Jarrah McDowell, Jessica Sims, Efrem Terry and Kevin Palin. Back row (from left to right): Third Grade Teacher Brooke Renkens, Ivelissha Fils-Aime, Teyah Bradshaw, Jarod Crowe, Kobe Johnson and Principal Dana Walker.

Dressing Down for Haiti at ACHS: The English as a Second Language (ESL) Department students and faculty at Abraham Clark High School helped Roselle’s Parent Teacher Organization organize a Dress Down Day fundraiser for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. From left to right: Security Guard Jason Carter, senior Leyland Barratt, ESL Teacher Chantal Jasey, senior Charman Wray, ESL Paraprofessional Sandra Joseph and ESL Teacher Lydia Kaplan.

Photos courtesy of Jaffe Communications

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