West Orange Schools Show Compassion in Community Outreaches

Helping Hands members with Washington Kindergarten students. Credits: Jane Horwitz
Question and answer period. Credits: Jane Horwitz
Team Isadora at Verona Park. Credits: Ed Acevedo
Student drop off food at the pantry with teacher Jennifer Blume, right. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Students at Hazel Elementary School, Edison and Liberty Middle Schools showed some grown-up love and compassion for others over the past two weeks.

Liberty Middle School Helping Hands Club Members Read to Washington School Kindergarteners

On Friday, May 23, Liberty Middle School’s Helping Hands Club members traveled to Washington Elementary School to "Share their love of Reading" to excited Kindergarteners.

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With their favorite childrens books in tow, seventh- and eighth-grade club members read to the younger students in their classrooms. After talking about the books and what they loved about them, the middle-schoolers helped the children create bookmarks. 

Every kindergarten student received a new book from the Helping Hands Club students before they left.

The Liberty Middle School Helping Hands organization’s goal is to provide community or school service opportunities for students, who participate in community outreaches throughout the school year with Club Advisor Jane Horwitz. 

“High school students all need service hours for graduation and this club provides early experience in helping others,” said Principal Robert Klemt.

Hazel Elementary School Rallies to Raise Funds for American Liver Foundation

On Saturday May 31, friends and family came together at Verona Park to walk in memory of Isadora Seibert, daughter of Phyllis and Richard Seibert. Phyllis is a Kindergarten teacher at Hazel Avenue School in West Orange. Isadora lost her battle to fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma; a very rare form ofliver cancer at the age of 25. Team Isadora raised over $2,000 which will go to The American Liver Foundation. Over 50 walkers, including Hazel Avenue School staff, along with Isadora's beloved friends and family, participated in supporting Team Isadora.

Edison Middle School Students Collect Food for Local Food Pantry

On Tuesday, June 4, Edison Middle School students, along with teacher Jen Blume, stopped by the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry to deliver non-perishable donations and help stock the shelves. After touring the food pantry, students asked questions and Food Pantry Administrator Cynthia Cumming asked them to let their teachers know if they or anyone they knew in school might need food.

With summer coming, many students who receive free and reduced lunches do not have those meals to depend on. Students were shocked to learn that in the West Orange School district alone, 1,400 students may not know if they will get three meals a day. That means that someone in the students' own classes may not be getting enough to eat.


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