Comic Relief, the non-profit behind Red Nose Day, brought WWE Superstar Darren Young and WWE Ambassador Dana Warrior to Elm Place Middle School in Highland Park, Ill. as part of an event to inspire the students to join the national fundraising campaign.
The students got their “Noses On” and learned about how they can help kids in need with fun and simple ways to fundraise for Red Nose Day. Red Nose Day will highlight and celebrate Elm Place Middle School across the organization’s website and social media to inspire other schools to start fundraising for the cause.
The Red Nose Day in School program is about educating students on the important issue of child poverty, and empowering and inspiring them to make a difference. As part of the program, students at Elm Place Middle School and across the country have been learning about child poverty, how it impacts young people like them right here in the U.S. and around the world, and how they can help. They are also organizing fundraising events in their local communities to support Red Nose Day. Money raised supports projects that ensure children in need are safe, healthy, and educated.
As part of the event, students at the Elm Place Middle School participated in activities that demonstrate fun ways to fundraise – like donating for the opportunity to pie a teacher in the face. At a schoolwide assembly, everyone learned about facts around poverty in an engaging way with inspiration from WWE Superstars. The event also shed light on the ways anyone can get involved in this cause, no matter their background or means.
Heather Schumacher, Principal of the Elm Place Middle School, said, “Red Nose Day has given our students a great opportunity to learn about child poverty in an engaging way. It was amazing to see the students being so enthusiastic and creative about how they can fundraise and take direct action to make a difference for kids in need. It’s been such a great experience to host Dana, Darren, and the Red Nose Day team at our school today.”
Rick Scott, VP Grants and Philanthropy, Comic Relief Inc., said, “Red Nose Day is all about coming together to have fun and make a difference. Our mission is to end child poverty – one nose at a time. With the support of schools and students across the country, Red Nose Day will be able to change and save more children’s lives than ever before. It was amazing to see the students at Elm Place Middle School getting in on the fun of Red Nose Day, and being so committed to making a difference.”
The 2017 Red Nose Day campaign runs from now through Red Nose Day (May 25) and everyone can get involved to help end child poverty, one nose at a time. Pick up a Red Nose at Walgreens stores nationwide, take on a fundraising challenge and share personal stories of involvement on social media to encourage others to make a difference for children in need using #RedNoseDay and #NosesOn.
Follow Red Nose Day on social media @RedNoseDayUSA.
About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc., a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity. Red Nose Day started in the U.K., built on the foundation that the power of entertainment can drive positive change, and has raised more than $1 billion globally since the campaign’s founding in 1988.
Red Nose Day launched in the United States in 2015 with a mission to raise money and awareness to end child poverty, and has raised over $60 million to date for the cause. Red Nose Day 2017 will occur on Thursday, May 25. Money raised goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which supports programs that keep children in need safe, healthy and educated, both in America and abroad.
Beneficiaries include the Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity: water; Children's Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; Save the Children; and The Global Fund. Since launching in the U.S., Red Nose Day has received generous support from millions of Americans, hundreds of celebrities and many outstanding partners, including Walgreens, NBC, Mars, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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