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UI Students Raise Funds for FDNY

Wellington at Seven Hills Country Club resident Jan Zaroski began selling T-shirts to fellow residents after her daughter, Jessica, a business student at the University of Iowa, explained her latest class assignment.

The assignment for the entrepreneurial and new business formation class was to create a product the class could sell and then donate the profits. Because Jessica and her classmates had wanted to do something to help the people of New York following the attacks on Sept. 11, the assignment was their way to finally do that.

Originally the students planned to donate the profits to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but decided instead to do something to improve the condition of the firehouses in New York City.

The class created a T-shirt with the FDNY logo printed on the front and a picture of Engine 55 with the words "Heroes Wanted" printed on the back.

Their research showed that many of the firehouses, especially Engine 55, are more than 100 years old and in poor condition. They set their sites on raising funds for Engine 55. After learning of her daughter's assignment, Jan Zaroski began selling the shirts to friends and neighbors. So far, she has sold almost 100 shirts for the class.

Individuals interested in purchasing a T-shirt should check out the Web site: http://www.heroeswanted.net.


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