March 22, 2005
Queens, NY – St. John's University's The School of Education
Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) and
America Reads * America Counts recently teamed up with Jamaica
High School’s “Play it Smart Program” to raise $1,600 at a bowling
fundraiser to aid victims of the recent tsunami that devastated
much of Southeast Asia.
“Our students planned this event to bring attention to the
devastation caused by the tsunami and motivate other young people
to do something about it,” said Charisse Willis, Program Director.
“All who participated in the fundraiser were extremely
enthusiastic. As we present our check to the United Way, we are
proud that St. John’s is helping to send a message of hope to all
those affected by this tragedy.”
“As future educators we have a responsibility to the future of
our children,’ said Denise Ortiz, Assistant to the Program
Director. “By planning this event we are helping young people in
Southeast Asia to rebuild their lives and hopefully return to
school and other activities they enjoyed prior to this disaster.”
All proceeds raised at this fundraiser will benefit the United Way
of New York City Organization for the Tsunami relief
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