January 26, 2010 |

Phillips collects for Haiti

Phillips School paraprofessional Mary Salzmann (center) joins fourth graders Aaliyah Batesand and Taylor Callier in celebrating Pajama Day at the school.

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 held "Pajama Day" to kick-off the schools philanthropic effort to assist relief efforts in Haiti.

Students and staff who donated a dollar were permitted to wear appropriate pajamas and slippers throughout the course of the day. The day was highly successful as everyone enjoyed the comfort of being in school in their PJ's all to raise money for a worthwhile cause. The $431 that was raised will be used to supplement an on-going hygiene product drive the school has begun.

In partnership with the Brother's Brother Foundation, Primanti's and CitiParks, the school is collecting hygiene products including washcloths, brushes, combs, bar soap, baby wipes or wet wipes, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. These products will be packaged in five-gallon buckets and shipped to Haiti as soon as possible.

Each classroom at the school will fill as many buckets as possible. Anyone interested in helping out can drop off supplies at the school office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The drive will end on Friday, January 29.

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