SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - Scotch Plains Fanwood (SPF) High School held its Back to School Night on Thursday, Sept. 26. The hallways filled with the expected parents and teachers, but also student organizations looking to promote donations for different events and charities throughout the community.
The SPF chapter of DECA, a business and marketing club at the high school, advertised the Powder-puff and homecoming football games on Oct. 19 to help raise money for Cole Weber, and his cancer-fighting mission Cole’s Crusaders. The games will take place at the SPF varsity football field at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. respectively, and refreshments and raffles will be available as a part of DECA’s fundraiser.
The Students With Potential Careers in Medicine club intends to fundraise for a local charity or service project at the end of the year. Club officer Amanda Mach said that a "collective decision will be at end of year between members in the club to decided where in the community the proceeds will go to; right now, we’re considering an Alzheimer’s care unit or the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad."
The Gay Straight Alliance and High School Democrats were fundraising for their clubs and other organizations associated with them. Eve Zhurbinsky said that the clubs are "hoping to give the money to a phone bank for marriage equality or contribute to the donations to the Young Democrats of America."
With neighboring tables at Back-to-School night, the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the new Anti-Bullying Club want to raise awareness within the community about making destructive decisions. The Anti-Bullying Club plans on raising money to provide effective demonstrations in the community to help develop non-tolerance towards bullying “in fun and exciting ways, like doing skits for the younger kids at the middle school,” said Alyssa Gilman. SADD is fundraising to promote safe driving within Scotch Plains and Fanwood communities.
The high school's Italian club, Black Student Union and Dance team were also raising money at Back-to-School Night for their clubs expenses, field trips, and community service projects.
SPF clubs encourage residents to support the various organizations in their quest to give back to the community.