“But we’re giving them something to pull themselves up so they can stand up on their own,” Pfau said. Natalie Harrison is a social science teacher and the group’s adviser. MSWR has about 10 regular members and 30 more who contribute, she said. She said the students hoped to raise $500 Friday. “They wanted to help children who don’t have an opportunity to go to school,” she said. “They felt it would be important to contribute to the kids’ education so that the Roma could get ahead in life.” MSWR members passed out fliers at school. Anyone dining at Baja Fresh between 3 and 9 p.m. Friday who showed a flier would have 20 percent of the cost of the meal donated to MSWR. Miguel Gonzales, the restaurant’s assistant manager, said it sponsors two or three fundraisers every month. “We have to help the community,” he said, “and anything we can do, we do our best.” Hannah Owens, a senior, said MSWR’s “passion for foreign relief” drew here to the organization. “I appreciate that we focus on specific projects, things that are personal and small, and not so general,” she said. “It’s nice to be informed about social issues, especially having to do with real people, and making a difference in their lives is important to me.” “I just thought it was something really great for high school students to do to be really, actively involved in this world-relief thing,” said Tasha Chu, 16, a senior. “I feel like I’m making an impact even though I’m here in high school still.” Jamieson said MSWR’s other project last year raised $3,000 to buy medicine for neglected and orphaned children in Kathmandu, Nepal. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONROVIA – Their lives couldn’t be more dissimilar, but something about the plight of Roma – another, kinder word for Gypsy – children in Romania struck a chord with some Monrovia High School students. The handful of students, members of Monrovia Students for World Relief, held a fundraiser Friday at Monrovia’s Baja Fresh restaurant to raise money to help educate Roma children. The group will make a March20 presentation to the City Council that will raise awareness and more money to help the children. “Eastern Europe is a neglected part of the world,” said Rachel Jamieson, an 11th-grader and MSWR leader. “It’s not usually thought of as being poor, but there’s lots of poverty there. And there’s lots of discrimination against the Roma. “They’re stereotyped. People say they steal, they take money, they’re poor, mean, ruthless and eat weird food. They’re not allowed to hold certain jobs or go to certain schools.” Jamieson said MSWR members hope that by helping educate Roma children, they can break the cycle of poverty that traps the Roma people. Student Sarah Pfau, another MSWR member, said she was attracted to the project because it involves education. “It’s helping a persecuted people, it’s helping them get up and get on their feet. Lots of people see world relief help, or any sort of help, as giving people a crutch to lean on.