STAMFORD, Conn. – Representatives from the International Baccalaureate (IB) Council of Rogers International School recently presented $3,000 to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a not-for-profit organization that provides guide dogs to people with vision loss, as well as service dogs for children with autism.
The Rogers’ IB Council raised the money through Project Guiding Eyes program, which they established in early 2014 after learning about the needs of the organization and in recognition of the number of students with visual impairment at Rogers International.
Rogers’ IB Council selected Project Guiding Eyes as its priority and has worked to raise awareness and funds for the cause over the past year and a half.
“I continue to be impressed with our IB Council members. After their thoughtful consideration and dedication, they have met their goals in making a difference, demonstrating their keen sense of awareness for social responsibility and the IB commitment to taking action,” said Cathleen Cummings, principal of Rogers.
“I am proud of their desire to make a difference as they demonstrate the IB learner profile. I also applaud the staff advisors, Steve Staley and Alicia Hernandez, and the founding parent adviser team, Ellen Marment, Alison Chaltas and Janet Tarzia, for their vision and guidance provided to the IB Council,” she continued.
Through bake sales, ongoing PA announcements and poster displays, the Rogers’ IB Council tirelessly promoted the fundraising effort and the need for contributions. The Rogers’ IB Council also sold IB Council logo products such as water bottles, key chains, pens and handmade bracelets to raise funds, and leveraged before- and after-school events such as book fairs, community breakfasts, school concerts, theatrical productions and PTO functions.
Other projects included Project Smiles, a program to help a specific community member in need by delivering a gift basket and RIS Unity!, a program to promote full social inclusion of people from all walks of life, stressing the importance of respect.
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