EDISON, NJ - The Interact Volunteer Club of J.P. Stevens High School partnered with the Jewish Center in Princeton to host their annual charity dinner at J.P. Stevens on April 15.
The club is led by senior Mohana Biswas and advised by French teacher Alexandra Marzulla. The Interact Leadership Board this year is made of J.P. students Ephany Wang, Shreya Sethi, Samil Tabani, Alekhya Kunaparaju and Sneha Yarasani, and has student members from all classes.
This year, they chose to donate all of the raised money to an organization called UNHCR: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.The funds will go toward sponsoring a refugee family that recently arrived after escaping religious persecution in Pakistan and living in poor conditions in Bangkok for three years.
The event featured a large variety of food donations from Chipotle, Olive Garden, Bertucci’s, and other local restaurants.
The refugee family consisting of a couple and their 3-year-old daughter personally attended the event to join many J.P. students who came out to show their support. Upon being asked how she felt about the event, the mother in the refugee family replied in Hindi that she was “extremely happy and felt really grateful to see the heart-warming effort the students and staff put in."
The family is looking to use the $740 raised to buy a washer and dryer for their new townhouse, as well as use leftover money for other living expenses. The awards ceremony was an extremely successful and rewarding experience for the Interact team and the J.P. Stevens student body.
Akshata Shukla and Aditi Kalla are freshmen at J.P. Stevens High School.