EDISON, NJ -- Wardlaw+Hartridge Upper School students brightened the spirits of the senior citizens at the Care One facility with a variety show on March 3. 

Performers included Krishna Patel of Edison, Matangi Melpakkam of Piscataway, Jerry Zhang of Edison, Kallie Schildge of Westfield, Pooja Nandhyala of Edison, Katherine Hernandez of Elizabeth, Ananya Murlidharan of Edison, Izabel Korycki of Colonia, Shreya Dharayan of Edison, Neha Manalapu of Warren, Aanandi Murlidharan of Edison and the Concert Choir. 

“From the looks of the senior citizens, you could tell that it truly meant a lot to them,” said Aanandi Murlidharan ’19, who organized the event. “One gentleman was smiling and tapping his foot to the beat of Jerry’s blues rhythm. Another elderly lady was smiling and enjoying the dances with her son by her side.”

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Aanandi developed the idea of running a variety show last year. She wanted to give back to the community and found a way to tap into the tremendous talent that exists in the W+H student body. Last week’s performance was the fourth one-hour show put on by the students.

“This experience has truly opened up my eyes to so many things,” Aanandi said. “I’ve realized the power of music and its ability to brighten someone’s day just even a little bit. My advice to underclassmen is that while it may seem like a chore, it really does make the day of someone.”

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Ave. in North Edison, near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.