NORTH BRUNSWICK – Meg Wright had an idea to support North Brunswick that stemmed from an idea from her children’s elementary school.
At Woodfern Elementary in Hillsborough, she is a board member on the Home and School Association and they run a T-shirt fundraiser for the food pantry. So, she said she pitched the idea to Michael Kneller, principal of North Brunswick Township High School, and Brian Zychowski, superintendent of schools, to sell T-shirts in her working district of North Brunswick to support the community during COVID-19.
“We wanted to be able to help our community during this difficult time. As educators we are still fortunate enough to be able to work and provide for our families. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for many of the children in North Brunswick that we continue to teach. With that in mind, we reached out to the North Brunswick Food Bank to organize a fundraiser to help them support our community, who needs it now more than ever,” Wright said.
Wright, Missy Pinerio and Marcy Marx organized the fundraiser, which sold almost 900 shirts and 150 masks.
“Our initial goal was $10,000 but we were able to surpass that and donate $12,000 to the North Brunswick Food Bank. We were able to donate more per shirt by delivering the shirts ourselves. This would not have been possible without other amazing staff members, Mark Zielinksi, Ryan Watters, Tyler Davis and Ashley Doyle, who have been helping us to personally deliver the shirts. We are working with a wonderful vendor who gave us a great price to be able to donate more per shirt/mask, All American Tees in Somerset. We could not be more pleased with the results and received such an amazing outpouring of support from the North Brunswick teachers and staff and North Brunswick residents as well,” Wright said.
There are still shirts available in a variety of sizes. Cost is $20. Email Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.