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March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter

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    Union County Early College Hosts March of Dimes Week

    Monroe, North Carolina, April 19, 2013 —

    For Dev Mashruwala and Katherine Mazzucco, seniors at Union County Early College, leadership is more than just a word to toss around during college interviews, it is a verb.  Mashruwala, Vice President of his school’s National Honor Society and member of the March of Dimes Youth Council hosted a fundraiser on behalf of the foundation; he seemed to be a natural fit for the job.  “I know a lot of people who were born premature and you can still see the effects of prematurity on many of them,” said Mashruwala.  “It’s just really inspiring how much the March of Dimes has done for the community whether born prematurely or not.”

    Dev asked his peer student leader, Katherine, to join him in planning and promoting his fundraising idea.  With the support of his advisor and principal Dev hosted the first annual March of Dimes week at his school.  The week included the sale of lollipops, soda bottle cap bracelets, a purple out event in which everybody was asked to wear purple, a school dance that sold concessions such as candy and drinks for the fundraiser, and an assembly where local March of Dimes Community Director, Lisa Hall, presented on past and present accomplishments of the March of Dimes.

    “March of Dimes week was really exciting for Dev and me, as seniors because we reached a lot of underclassmen who now seem to have a passion for the mission of March of Dimes,” stated Katherine.

    Dev went on to say, “This was the first student led initiative in a while, so, our peers were really excited to get involved.  They wanted to do something to help the community.”

    Karen Pharr, a teacher and Student Government Association advisor, was the first to hear of Dev’s idea to host a March of Dimes week.  “It was an interesting phenomenon not just amongst the students but faculty and staff too. It really regenerated interest in March of Dimes,” she said.  “We even found that a teacher had been directly impacted by prematurity, something we may have never known without March of Dimes raising such awareness.”

    The current student body population at Union County Early College is approximately 400 students.  They raised more than $500 for the March of Dimes through their week long campaign.

     “Thank you to the March of Dimes for all their work.  As a Grandmother, I have a new found appreciation for the work of March of Dimes,” stated Karen.

    With their eyes now on college in the fall, Dev and Katherine both hope March of Dimes week will become an annual event at their soon to be alma mater.  “It doesn’t matter how big or small you are in the community, all it takes is one step to make a difference,” stated Dev.

    The closest March for Babies walk to Union County is the Charlotte March for Babies walk, which will take place April 27 in Uptown Charlotte.  For more information, visit, marchforbabies.org today.

    Pictured: Katherine and Dev during March of Dimes week.

    Pictured: Union County Early College faculty and staff in their purple during the "Purple Out."

    Pictured: Some of the students during the "Purple Out."

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