NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Student Government Organization (SGO) at North Brunswick High School has been actively trying to raise money to benefit the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) for the majority of 2012-13 school year. And the fruits of their labor have been bountiful.
Students, faculty and other supporters associated with North Brunswick High School have raised $3,500 for NJCTS, which will go toward the statewide education outreach and peer advocacy programs the Center has established to help serve and advocate for the 1 in 100 children who have Tourette Syndrome – an inherited, misdiagnosed, misunderstood neurological disorder characterized by involuntary sounds and movements known as tics.
The $3,500 was raised in many fun, meticulously planned ways – including two staff Jeans Days, a student charity auction, donations from school teams and clubs, a paper chain links auction and a Tim Howard jersey raffle. Tim Howard, a North Brunswick graduate, is the goalkeeper for the U.S. National Soccer Team and an honorary member of the NJCTS Board of Directors.
“On behalf of North Brunswick Township High School’s Student Government Organization (and those) who helped to raise money throughout the year with various activities, we hope this helps with your continued work to raise money and awareness for this disorder,” said SGO President Fahad Akthar, who is joined on the SGO by Vice President Cori Dawson, Secretary Brooke Altman, Treasurer Shiraz Ahmed, and Advisers Meg Wright and Sidney Dawson. Each played an integral role in planning and executing the various fundraising activities.
“The amount of awareness and education generated through these fundraising and advocacy efforts at North Brunswick High School is noteworthy, and we sincerely thank each person at North Brunswick for their role in raising these funds,” NJCTS Executive Director Faith W. Rice said. “We graciously accept these donations, which will effectively serve the children and families in the New Jersey TS community through our statewide education outreach, peer advocacy and family support initiatives.”
More information about NJCTS is available by calling 908-575-7350 or at www.njcts.org.