WESTFIELD, NJ — A school-wide collection for the Westfield Food Pantry, cards for front-line healthcare workers and a patriotic tribute in recognition of the late Westfield High School principal are set to happen at Westfield High School as part of student-organized week of service.

The Westfield High School Community Service Club and Student Government Association are hosting the annual school-wide Week of Service April 19 – 23.

For five days, students will engage in a variety of service activities during school. This year, the week will be held in honor of the late Westfield High School Principal Derrick Nelson.

“The week of service is so important especially in these COVID times because, for the past year or so, it has been really hard to reach out and help people,” said Community Service Club Co-President Jane Sullivan. “While we have continued to do our best, we now have the chance to bring in a larger group of volunteers to help more people.”

The Community Service Club has had numerous events this year, but the Week of Service is its largest project yet since it encompasses the entire school and offers service opportunities.

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All Westfield High School students will be able to participate, whether learning from home or at school.

Beginning Monday, April 19, there will be collection boxes for the Westfield Food Pantry set up outside the main entrance, and students can also contribute by ordering items through an Amazon WishList that has been created for the fundraiser.

In-person students will be creating cards for frontline workers at Overlook Medical Center during school, and virtual students will use an online platform to make their cards.

During the last day of the event, Friday, April 23, students and staff are encouraged to wear red, white and blue to remember Nelson and his service.

In previous years, the club has partnered with the Westfield Armory to host collections, send cards to troops and have students volunteer at events. While that will not be taking place this year, Nelson’s service and character is still represented by the activities the club chose.

“The ideas we have come up with for this special week differ each year but each year, we help as many people as possible and that is an amazing feeling that we want everyone to experience,” Sullivan said.

Click here for the list of items suggested for donation. Students may also choose to send items directly via Amazon by visiting this link.

Jordyn Ives is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.

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