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Community Service Counts: PMSA Students Raise Money to Support UNICEF

December 2, 2011 09:45 AM
Forest Park, IL...Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Haiti—these are just a few of the countries that may benefit from the fundraising efforts of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students who raised funds to help eliminate disease and support lifesaving programs.

Last month PMSA Key Club students sent a "big check" to "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" (United Nations Children's Fund). Established as one of the longest-running youth initiatives in America, with more than $164 million raised to date, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF remains an inspiration for the young (and the young at heart) to further the cause of children everywhere.

"This project was important for me," said PMSA senior, Marvin Gomez. "I come from Central America. I know what it is like to see kids begging for money and food on the streets. So working on this project and giving back makes me feel like I am doing something to help those kids and kids like them."

Hundreds of millions of kids and adults, spanning three generations of Americans, have been part of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. During Halloween, instead of going door-to-door requesting candy, students took UNICEF donation boxes. They asked their friends, co-workers, teachers, and family to help them donate money to UNICEF. Together, in just one week, students raised over $400.00.

"Our Key Club members showed amazing dedication by raising $437.65 for UNICEF," said PMSA Key Club sponsor, Ms. Grady.

Students say they were definitely dedicated to the cause. With support from new members and the PMSA community, students deemed their fundraising efforts a major success.

PMSA-UNICEF1"We welcomed a lot of new members this year," said PMSA senior Kimberly Salazar. She has participated in Key Club since her freshman year. "That really helped us to boost the goal for how much money we wanted to raise. We are so proud of everyone. This is the most money we have ever raised for UNICEF."

Perhaps, for this thriving Key Club, UNICEF is only the beginning. During the month of December, Key Club will begin working to collect toys to donate to children at Loyola Hospital. They will also collect donations in their "Coats, Hats and Gloves Drive" for needy families within the community. To find out how you can get involved and help support Key Club, please contact Key Club sponsor, Ms. Grady, at


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