Neighborhood House Nursery School, Millburn, NJ engaged in several charitable efforts this holiday season by collecting pajamas, hats, mittens and gloves to keep underserved children and families warm this winter.

NHNS partnered with the Millburn Middle School Reading Buddies, The Scholastic Book Club and the Pajama Program to collect pajamas for the Christian Pentecostal Day Care Center II in Livingston. This is the 8th year that NHNS and the Reading Buddies program have collaborated to make an impact in the lives of children in need. Through this effort, NHNS contributed 27 pairs of pajamas. NHNS and the Reading Buddies meet throughout the year, and this is an opportunity to work together to give back.

Jennifer Langan, Director of NHNS reflects, “This partnership with the Millburn Middle School Reading Buddies program is so incredibly valuable for our NHNS students – not only do they have exposure to older students who  reinforce the importance of literacy, but they also get to collaborate with them during the holidays to help those less fortunate. These are true role models for our preschool students.”

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In addition, NHNS has an annual "Giving Tree" (pictured behind the students in the photo). This is the 12th year that NHNS has collected hats, gloves, and mittens for children at the East Orange Child Development Corporation Headstart (EOCDC). EOCDC supports the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age five living in East Orange. Lynette Webb, Family and Community Engagement Manager commented, “The gift of warmth from the children at the Neighborhood House has been an enormous benefit to our families in need. We are so grateful for what the Giving Tree has provided over the years and we can’t thank you enough.”

NHNS has a longstanding tradition of embedding community service into its curriculum. Ms. Langan remarked, “As early childhood educators, we do our best to create opportunities for our students to engage in many kinds of activities that incorporate giving back and working with others. We feel it is a key component to fostering creativity, growth, learning, and connection to the world.”

About Neighborhood House Nursey School: Opened in 1920 and located in a charming Victorian house just one block from Taylor Park in Millburn, NJ, NHNS provides a home away from home environment where children learn to love the process of learning and discovery. The Neighborhood House Nursery School’s philosophy of celebrating the individual child, tradition of community service, and curriculum distinguish it from other nursery schools and child care centers in the area. Our staff works diligently to prepare each child for the transition to elementary school through fostering confidence, self-awareness and the ability to connect all learning to the world in which we live. To learn more, visit: http://www.neighborhoodhousenursery.org/