November 28, 2012

Students at Carl Sandburg Middle School in Old Bridge, NJ Raise over $7,500 for Veterans

Students at the Carl Sandburg Middle School in Old Bridge, NJ participate in the "Step for Vets" charity walk-a-thon, developed by Gary Sapir, to benefit the GI Go Fund and the vets they serve

Students at the Carl Sandburg Middle School in Old Bridge, NJ participate in the "Step for Vets" charity walk-a-thon to benefit the GI Go Fund and the vets they serve

OLD BRIDGE, NJ –Students at the Carl Sandburg Middle School in Old Bridge, NJ raised over $7,500 to benefit veterans in need this holiday season.

Hundreds of Middle School students participated in a program called “Step for Vets”, a Walk-a-thon where they collected donations from family members and neighbors to help support veterans returning from combat. According to school officials, the funds the students raised for the event were the most that the school has every raised for any charitable drive.

All proceeds from the event went to benefit the GI Go Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans find employment, go to college, find housing, and connect to their benefits. The proceeds from this event will be used to help veterans in New Jersey who are struggling following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, which left countless veterans displaced from their homes. In addition, the funds will also be used to help the GI Go Fund continue its support of the NJ National Guard as it continues to help the thousands of New Jerseyeans who were hit hard by the storm.

“The kids were tremendous,” said Gary Sapir, a teacher at the school who was responsible for organizing the event. “They were incredibly motivated and excited to help our vets. They knew where the money was going and they worked so hard to make this event as successful as it was to help our returning vets. I am so proud of what they were able to do.”

Sapir has a special connection to the GI Go Fund, as he is the uncle of Lt. Seth Dvorin, the soldier who the organization was founded in honor of.

The students participated in an assembly in the morning, where they learned about military experiences from veterans of each branch of our armed forces. Afterwards, they participated in a walk-a-thon in the school’s gymnasium, where the students were joined in the walk by veterans and their families.

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 holiday season, and they should be proud of what they have done to help the men and women who fought to defend our country.