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FTHS “Coins for Kids” Raises $2,896 to Aid Pediatric Department at CentraState Medical Center

Every year at Freehold Township High School, Health & Physical Education teacher Frank Gualtieri coordinates with the Peer Leadership program led by teachers Sean Leahy and Alex Dohan to host the “Coins for Kids” fundraiser. Normally, Peer Leaders would walk around during lunch with buckets, and students and staff would toss their extra change in for the fundraiser. That spare change would quickly add up and Mr. Gualtieri and the Peer Leaders would then present staff at CentraState Medical Center with a check. The donated funds go to the Pediatric Department at the hospital.  

With no daily lunch period this year due to COVID-19, the group had to get creative. Face masks featuring the school’s “FT” logo were designed and sold throughout the school community.

“This year we raised $2,896, which is a record collection for us. It is that much more impressive considering we could not do what we traditionally do, which is collect coins during lunch,” Mr. Gualtieri said.

This year’s donation will be used to create an elaborate “child-friendly” mural in the area of the Pediatric Center where children are received for admission.


"Coins for Kids" check presentation