East Harlem School Knits For A Cure


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Citizen School's Students Join the Fight Against Cancer

At Citizen School’s campuses across the country, middle school students are teaming up with adult volunteers just like you to create WOW! Projects. The Citizen School teacher Ms. Catherine Pacillio and the Team Leader, Ms. Kristal Boyd at the Isaac Newton Middle School located in East Harlem have created a WOW! Project where over the past 10 weeks in only 10 - 90 minute after school sessions the students have been learning how to knit, making a variety of different projects and asking for donations knitted items from friends and family. The students named their WOW! Project, the Knit Wits. At the same time the Knit Wits were learning how to knit they were also learning about cancer, about the cancer burden in their community of upper Manhattan and doing research on the American Cancer Society.

The Isaac Newton Middle School Citizens Schools WOW! Project culminated with a fundraiser where the students sold their knitted and donated goods to raise funds for the fight against cancer. The proceeds of the sale $503.00 were donated to the American Cancer Society.

The Knit Wits team members - Natia Brown, Julissa Cabral, Yamina Johnson, Juan Juarez, Angeles Mendez, Brianna Negron, Angel Padilla, Tony Pagan, Jefferson Paulino, Kayla Ramos, Anderson Rosario, Sokhna Samb, April Santos, Yesenia Tapia, Chelsey Trinidad and Shan Shan Xie paid us visit at our Manhattan office to present us with a check and as reward Rosemary Perez-Bell, Community Mission Manger arranged for the group to visit Hope Lodge and receive certificates of appreciation.  


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