May 22, 2015

Carl Sandberg Middle School In Old Bridge Raises Over $23,000 For Memorial Day “Steps For Vets” Program

Middle School breaks all kinds of fundraising Records in their efforts to support military veterans and their loved ones

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 $23,000 for military veterans.

OLD BRIDGE, NJ —The founders of The GI Go Fund, New Jersey’s largest veterans advocacy program, expressed their gratitude to the students of Carl Sandburg Middle School who honored our military men and women this past Memorial Day by raising more than $23,000 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, is scheduled to visit the school during its commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 17th to personal thank 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 22, 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.

The “Steps For Vets” event was 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 third time The Carl Sandberg Middle School has hosted this event. In 2012, the school’s students raised more than $8,000, which at the time had set the record for the most funds ever raised in the school’s history. Last year, they raised $19,000, which was the most funds ever raised by any school in the Old Bridge School District for a charitable event, something that brought a smile to Mr. Sapir’s face.

“I could not be more proud of our students,” said Mr. Sapir. “They just continue to amaze me every year. You see the level of dedication and commitment they have to helping our veterans, and you cannot help but feel inspired. All of our participating students set the bar for supporting our veterans extremely high for other schools, and all Americans.”

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.