Sacrificing Sweets For A Greater Cause

EDISON — Third and fourth graders in Kathy Merklinger and Ellen Colandrea’s classes at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison collected $355 for UNICEF on Halloween.

Prior to their collection, the students learned that $1.40 can immunize two children against polio for life, $18.57 can provide three bed nets to protect families from mosquitoes carrying malaria, and $31.25 can provide a soccer ball and air pump so that children in refugee camps can exercise and play together.


Some of the students also gave money from their allowance or savings. Ellen Colandrea of North Plainfield, fourth grade teacher, noted, “A discussion was held in each class about the differences between ‘wants’ and their actual ‘needs.’ Also, this year marks the 60th anniversary of UNICEF’s efforts for their ‘children helping children’ annual event.”

The third and fourth graders are pictured above in the school’s Vail-Deane Courtyard with their UNICEF boxes and poster. Photo by Michelle Daino

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