Students and faculty at Immaculate Conception School in Marrero joined together to raise $3,325 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in November. Fifth-grader Alex Gaitan inspired the project, which concluded with a fundraising walk on Nov. 20. The three-week effort also included a cafeteria display of JDRF sneakers purchased for $1 each, dress-down passes and a popcorn and pickle day.
“Our goal this year was to raise $3,000,” event coordinator Ann Marie Locascio said. “By the second week, we had already reached $2,000, and with a little push the students really came through and put us over our goal.”
“We are so lucky to have a supportive group of people in our day-to-day lives,” said Heidi Gaitan, Alex’s mother.