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Students in a New Jersey modeling club showed off more than just fashion on the runway last month.

The fashion show happened to fall during Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. So the children at the Robert J. Fulton School in North Bergen decided to donate the show's ticket sales to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

The school is in a densely populated, urban area near New York City. The students chose AAFA since so many kids have asthma and food allergies.

The club for seventh and eighth graders started three years ago. This was the first fashion show they held. They sold tickets to friends and relatives, who snapped pictures and cheered as girls (and one boy) modeled evening gowns and everyday fashion.

The after-school club taught more than just how to walk and hold your head high.

"We worked on self-awareness and self-empowerment and anti-bullying," said Heather Ricco, a second-grade teacher, one of the club's moderators.

School staff and community members volunteered their time to put on the show.

Dresses were donated by local stores, as well as a nonprofit called Operation Prom.

AAFA thanks the school, the students and the staff for raising awareness of asthma and allergy issues in their local community!

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