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Fundraising for a Good Cause

Vienna Elementary fourth graders presenting a check of $2,156.09 to Jill’s House.

Vienna Elementary fourth graders presenting a check of $2,156.09 to Jill’s House.

The fourth graders at Vienna Elementary School raised $2,156.09 to donate to Jill’s House, a respite facility for children with special needs, by selling wrist-bands the students made. They also collected loose change at school and from friends. The students’ aimed to raise $500, but they ended up raising much more.

Jill's House provides respite for children with intellectual disabilities and their families in the Greater Washington, DC area. They serve boys and girls, ages 6 through 17, with intellectual disabilities without regard to race, religion, or ethnicity. Their mission is to be a safe haven to which parents can entrust their children, allowing the parents a time of rest. To ensure that parents and caregivers get a real break, typical siblings are welcome to stay at Jill’s House. They believe that parents of children with intellectual disabilities need more support. Their hope is that their model will help change the way communities address the needs of families with children with special needs. For more information visit http://jillshouse.org/