Union County Student Training and Enrichment Program, known as UC STEP, is a program that gives high school students the opportunity to be leaders and brainstorm ideas for service projects. The winners of this year's contest is the "Orange" team. The Orange team’s civil service project, entitled “Kans 4 Kids” will now be executed throughout Union County.

The winning project begins as a fundraising and can-collection competition between each town in Union County. The money raised and cans collected in each school will be converted into points. Whichever school has the most points at the end of the collections will be given a $1,000 grant for their school.

All of the cans collected and money raised will then be donated to The Community Foodbank of New Jersey in Hillside, NJ. The cans will be used to create “can-structures”. The cans will be stacked into designs that people from across Union County can come and enjoy at the Hillside Food bank.

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Team Orange members attend the following high schools:  Arthur L. Johnson High School, Cranford High School, David Brearley High School, Governor Livingston High School, Linden High School, John E. Dwyer Technology Academy, Jonathan Dayton High School, Plainfield High School, New Providence High School, Rahway High School, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Union County TEAMS Charter School, Union County Vocational-Technical High School and the Barack Obama Academy for Academic & Civic Development.

Editor's Note: Lauren Mulvihill is an Arthur L. Johnson High School student and a member of the winning "Team Orange" in the UC STEP competition. 


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