By Jonathan Phelps
---- — IPSWICH — Students at the middle and high school returned from April vacation with a mission on their minds — to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing in any way they could.
Last Friday, they did just that by raising more than $4,000 for The One Fund, which has raised more than $28 million to support bombing victims and their families. Students were asked to come to school wearing Boston Marathon blue and yellow or any other Boston apparel and to donate toward the cause.
The money was collected at both middle and high school offices. A parent also donated two Boston Marathon T-shirts and a jacket to be raffled off.
“The kids were so excited and proud,” middle school Principal David Fabrizio said. “From the minute we opened the door, there was a line of kids with money in hand waiting to give. ... There was an excitement in the air that they were doing something for a good cause.”
Fabrizio said sixth-grader Alexandra Sanidas and eighth-graders Sara Whitmore and Emma Perakis approached him after vacation looking bring the school community together to support the cause.
“They said, ‘We have to help these people out,’” Fabrizio said.
On the high school side, guidance counselor Justine May helped organize the drive.
She was expecting between $1,000 and $2,000 to be raised from the drive, but said the schools combined raised $4,153.
“I thought it was amazing,” May said. “I can’t believe how generous people were.”
She said the students were all decked out in Boston gear and there was a very positive atmosphere throughout the school.
Fabrizio said he is proud of the students and the community.
“The fact that they raised that amount of money in such a short amount of time shows they step up and help out when they can,” he said.