SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Each year NJ DECA chapters participate in a community service project supporting a different charity. This year's focus for Garden State high school DECA programs was Help2Heal. Spotswood DECA decided that the charity the program would be assisting is Good Grief. Good Grief's purpose is to provide help and services to teens, children, young adults and families following the death of a loved one. Participants receive access to support programs, education and advocacy as they navigate their way through the aftermath of the loss of a mother, father, sibling or other close family member. All of the services and programs are free.
Spotswood DECA raised more than $2,000 by selling Gertrude Hawk candy apples last spring. Over two hundred apples were sold. The fundraiser was organized by Spotswood High School DECA members Erin Drebych and Kimmie Reichardt.
Fifty percent of the profits from the sale go to Gertrude Hawk, but with Spotswood DECA's proceeds from the sale, the group made a $900 donation to Good Grief. The remainder of the money will be put towards Spotswood DECA's scholarship fund.
DECA is a co-curricular program preparing students for college as well as professional careers by combining classroom instruction with real-life interactions involving the community and area businesses as well as competitive events.
For additional information on Good Grief, visit their website.