Norwood Public School children create their own Sandy fundraiser to benefit the American Red Cross

Posted at 10:55 AM, Nov 16, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-16 10:56:39-05

NORWOOD, N.J. (WPIX) — Students in kindergarten through 8th grade at Norwood Public School have come together to help victims of Sandy. –

Members of the student council helped organize a bake sale and collected a number of items including blankets, clothing, food, books, and cleaning and school supplies.

Sixth grader Maya came up with the idea for another fundraiser called “Hearts & Sunshine,” where for a $1 donation students decorated hearts and suns in support of Sandy victims. The colorful artwork has been displayed throughout the hallways.

The inspiration behind the fundraising effort was 6th grade teacher Lisa Mazurek, who grew up in Point Pleasant, NJ.

“The Jersey Shore is where my heart is. It’s so inspiring for me to have the kids concerned about me and my family and to have them think outside of themselves and think about others,” she said.

Mazurek still has family who lives in Point Pleasant. Her brother’s home was badly damaged by Sandy.

Norwood Principal Brian Gatens said he’s extremely proud of his students. “This is the best school in the world. It was a student introduced event and teacher inspired.”

Mazurek plans to deliver the supplies to the community of Point Pleasant tomorrow. The money raised from Hearts and Sunshine and the bake sale will go to the American Red Cross.