may 27, 2016

Carl Sandburg Middle School In Old Bridge Raises Over $18,000 For Memorial Day “Steps For Vets” Program

Middle School has raised over $70,000 to benefit GI Go Fund over past four years, by far the most any school has raised for military veterans in the country

Students at the Carl Sandburg Middle School in Old Bridge participate in the Steps for Vets program in honor of Memorial Day. The students broke records in fundriaisng by collecting over $18,000 for military veterans.

(OLD BRIDGE, NJ)— GI Go Fund, New Jersey’s largest veterans advocacy program, was once again blown away by the fundraising efforts of Carl Sandburg Middle School, who honored our military men and women this past Memorial Day by raising more than $18,000 for veterans returning home from combat and their families.

Hundreds of the middle school’s students participated in the “Steps for Vets” program, a walk-a-thon event where they collected donations from family members and neighbors to help support veterans returning from combat. James Fanous, co-founder of The GI Go Fund, was grateful to all who participated in the “Steps For Vets” fundraising event.

“Every year, the students and faculty of Carl Sandberg Middle School have come through for The GI Go Fund, giving everything they’ve got to help our veterans get the assistance they need,” said Fanous. “We are extremely grateful for, and proud of, their efforts. And we hope that they know that their hard work will make a difference in the lives of veterans who need help.”

The “Steps For Vets” day, held on May 27, began with a school assembly that highlighted different military experiences from veterans of each branch of our armed forces. That was soon followed by the students taking their “Steps For Vets” outside on the school's track. Joining them on the walk were veterans and their families.

Proceeds raised during the event benefitted The GI Go Fund, a national nonprofit organization that helps veterans find employment and secure their education and health care benefits, and provides assistance to low income and homeless veterans. The organization was founded in honor of U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Seth Dvorin who was killed by an improvised explosive device during the war in Iraq. Since its founding, The GI Go Fund has helped tens of thousands of veterans improve their lives and give them the capacity to provide and care for their loved ones.

This year’s “Steps For Vets” drive was coordinated by Carl Sandburg Principal Dr. Martha Simon and Mr. Chris LoNigro, whose efforts helped make this year’s event a success. The drive was originally coordinated by Gary Sapir, a teacher at the school for more than 30 years. Mr. Sapir has a special connection to the GI Go Fund, as he is the late Lt. Dvorin’s uncle. This is the fourth time Carl Sandberg Middle School has hosted this event, having raised over $70,000 for the organization, which is by far the most any school has raised for military veterans in the country.

The GI Go Fund would like to thank all the students, faculty, and administrators that made this event a huge success. Their hard work will make a tremendous difference in the lives of countless New Jersey veterans this Memorial Day, and they should be proud of what they have done to help the men and women who fought to defend our country.