CLARK, NJ- On Thursday, February 20, Arthur L. Johnson hosted the 'Winter Blues Event.' The event was open to the community, and aimed at students in Pre-K through 5th Grade from Garwood and Clark.

During the program, sixteen ALJ clubs and organizations ran an event for the students to enjoy. Participants had a chance to enjoy many activities throughout the night.

The SMAC (Student Movement Against Cancer) Club, made bracelets and keychain for Cancer Awareness.  The Student Council gave out refreshments, and the Blue Cru provided face paint and tattoos to the children. 

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The Robotics Club took place in the hallway and put on a ‘Robot Challenge’ and let the children control the robots. 

The Scrub Club, which consists mainly of Pre-Med students, provided a full suite of activities. One of the most popular ones  allowed participants to stitch up an “injured” banana. A dark Escape Room, provided by the Psychology Club, was also very popular. 

In addition to students, many teachers and staff supervised and assisted throughout the event. School secretaries, Chris Hampp, Nancy Jogis and Sue Smith all helped out with popcorn and refreshments. Phil Scardilli filmed the event, and teachers assisted their respective clubs.

“The Winter Blues event was a huge hit,” said school Vice-Principal and event coordinator, Ed Bucior, “It will be coming back to Arthur L. Johnson next year. Only bigger and better!”

Bucior went on to thank many of the sponsors of the event. “This event would not have been possible without donations from Target, ShopRite, Dunkin Donuts on Westfield Avenue, Party City and Maschio's Food Service,” added Bucior, “It’s really great to see the whole community coming together for a great event.” 

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