Fifth grade students in a New Jersey school are raising money to help rescue and recovery workers who came down with ailments after responding to the World Trade Center site on and after September 11, 2001.
Their teacher brought the plight of the rescue workers to the attention of the class after reading a story about a rescue worker's home going into foreclosure because he couldn't pay the mortgage due to spiraling medical bills.
While the money raised by the children likely won't make a dent in anyone's towering pile of unpaid medical bills, it does raise awareness.
It also brings to light the sad reality that, in some cases, private citizens are more willing to help these heroes who responded when duty called than the government. Even if those citizens are middle school students.