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Date: 2016-10-06

Hundreds of Paper Towels Donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Sourthern New Jersey By KIPP Second Graders

The students collected paper towels all through September as part of a competition to benefit RMHSNJ

CAMDEN, NJ – Second grade students from KIPP Lanning Square Primary donated more than 500 rolls of paper towels to the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey this week as part of the first-ever community service project for these students. Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey goes through dozens of paper towel rolls every day, making it one of the most-needed items at the House.

KIPP’s second grade class collected paper towels for the month of September to donate to RMHSNJ and culminated their efforts with a paper towel pyramid contest and parade through Camden this week. Students competed to see who collected the most rolls and built pyramids to showcase their hard work. Once deconstructed, the entire class was escorted down Broadway by Camden County Police and the Camden Fire Department for a parade with their paper towels. The parade ended at the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey where students presented their donations, received a walking tour of the House and learned about how RMHSNJ creates a home-away-from-home for families in need.

“At KIPP Lanning Square Primary we believe character and academics are essential to the success of our students in college and life,” said Drew Martin, Executive Director of KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy. “By partnering with organizations like the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey our students are able to connect what they’re learning in the classroom with life in the community and are empowered to be active, engaged citizens.”

“Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey depends on the kindness and donations of individuals and organizations in the community to help serve the families staying at the house,” said Teddy Thomas, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey. “We’re thankful that KIPP chose us to be the first beneficiary of their community service project and hope that the students enjoyed having some fun while doing a good deed for others. We really appreciate their efforts.” KIPP’s second grade community service initiative will continue every month this year to benefit different local organizations.

About Ronald McDonald House of SNJ

Located in Camden, Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey provides a home-away-from home for seriously ill children and their families. In addition to its residential facility in Camden, Ronald McDonald House operates Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, specially designed waiting areas in pediatric units of nine South Jersey hospitals, to assist families whose children are being treated for medical care.

About KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy

New Jersey’s first renaissance school, the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy in Camden, N.J., was established under the state’s Urban Hope Act, which created a pilot program to provide students in three struggling school districts – Camden, Newark and Trenton – access to new, quality public schools in their communities. The Academy was created in partnership with KIPP, one of the most renowned, national networks of free, open-enrollment, college preparatory public charter schools; The Cooper Foundation, the charitable arm of Cooper University Health Care, and the Norcross Foundation. The new, 110,000-square-foot campus opened in 2015 and provides guaranteed enrollment for students in grades Pre-K through 8th living in the Lanning Square and Cooper Plaza neighborhoods. The Camden network opened its second middle school in August 2016 and will grow to include ten schools total.

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