Wardlaw-Hartridge Students Lead Multiple Sclerosis Fundraising Effort

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Jonathan Belfer of Scotch Plains and Noah Ganz of Westfield visited Kelly Cannizzo's second grade class and other Lower School classrooms to distribute piggy banks to help with the fundraiser. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge)

Jonathan Belfer of Scotch Plains and Noah Ganz of Westfield visited Kelly Cannizzo's second grade class and other Lower School classrooms to distribute piggy banks to help with the fundraiser. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge)

EDISON — Jonathan Belfer of Scotch Plains and Noah Ganz of Westfield, juniors at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, are leading a school-wide effort to raise money for victims of multiple sclerosis. The fundraiser kicked off March 1 with representatives from the MS Foundation making presentations to Wardlaw-Hartridge students from all three divisions.

The fundraiser will continue for six weeks until April 15, when Belfer and Ganz are hoping to lead a large Wardlaw-Hartridge contingent to a walk in Edison.

“Our main goal is to get as many people as possible to the walk,” said Belfer, whose mother, grandmother and great grandfather have multiple sclerosis. “I walk every year. I’ve had such a strong connection with this my whole life.”

All three divisions of the school will participate in the fundraiser.

Lower School students will be asked to fill piggy banks in a “Spare Change to Make Change” contest to see which class raises the most money. The winning class will receive a pizza party. Lower School students also will participate in a “Buck a Book” fundraiser that involves getting $1 sponsors for reading books.

Belfer and Ganz will coordinate a spelling bee with the English teachers in the Middle School. Students will be encouraged to solicit pledges for all words spelled correctly.

T-shirts designed by art teacher Tanda Tucker, who has multiple sclerosis, will be sold during Middle School and Upper School lunch.


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