EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison capped a stellar and productive year of service activities by presenting a check for $3,065.50 with funds raised through business ventures conducted by eighth graders. The funds will be directed to the MicroDreams Foundation, which empowers women in third world countries to use loans to build their own profitable businesses.

“Despite our relatively small size, the Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School has had a vast reach, one that has made a significant and positive impact in lives across the country and around the world,” said Corinna Crafton, Middle School Head. “It is indeed quite incredible to consider that our small division of fewer than 100 students completed nearly two dozen off-campus service learning activities and even more on-campus awareness and fund raising activities during just one academic year.”

Students across the three grades in Middle School worked to restore local habitats and packed many tons of food for distribution to needy families in and beyond the central New Jersey area. In addition, they taught each other about childhood and adult cancers, raising money in the process to donate to worthy research organizations. Current events informed their service as they learned about disaster recovery and then took action by adopting a school in Houston that was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. W+H students connected with students and teachers there to learn what they needed and then completed a project of gathering, packing and shipping the many supplies and books the school needed to reopen its doors.

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School students also extended their learning by making personal global connections with individual students at The Riverside School in Kenya. They spoke in real-time with other middle school students many thousands of miles away, in the process learning they have so much more in common, including a love of sports, technology, memes, and having fun.  

Six W+H students were recognized with service awards at the Middle School graduation ceremony in June: Aarush Dharyan, Nicholas Ji, Ananya Murlidharan and Kunal Patel of Edison, Faizah Naqvi of South Plainfield and Jennifer Lynn Vargas of Dunellen.