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Thursday, November 11, 2004

Muslim teens raise $1,000 for soup kitchen



The tables in the high school cafeteria were adorned with white tablecloths and sprinkled with shiny sparkling star shapes. The school day had ended more than two hours before, and hungry students and staff sat patiently in their seats to break the fast.

Soon after sunset last Friday, the Muslim students led the prayer that broke the fast. Salem High School senior Mohammad Jafferji stepped up to a podium in front of them and thanked everyone for their support during the last couple of weeks.

In that time, the school’s Muslim Students Association has raised $1,021.83 from pledges and donations by students, teachers and staff in an effort called the Fast-a-Thon, in which students recognize Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, and raise money to benefit a Manchester soup kitchen.


“For a student group — of high school students — to give up food, it’s just really awesome,” Howland said of the efforts at Salem High School. “I really can’t thank this group of students enough.”

The money raised by the MSA fast-a-thon will benefit the food shelter’s hunger relief efforts, by getting supplies for the food pantry and soup kitchen, said Howland, who also fasted on Friday.

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