NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – At the Monday, Dec. 5 meeting Mayor Al Morgan and the Borough Council congratulated the New Providence High School Marching Band for their achievements and lauded the new youth community service organization.
A total of 156 students in grades 9 through 12 participate in the band which also has two managers. The band had another successful season as it won first place at the Yamaha Cup Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 15 at MetLife Stadium. The band also received special awards on the following categories: Best Music and Best Color Guard.
On Saturday, Oct. 22 the band also brought home gold from the US Bands NJ State Group 6A Championships at High Point Solutions Stadium on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway. Special Awards were received for Best Music, Best Visual, Best Overall Effect, and Best Percussion.
The band travelled to Allentown, PA on Saturday, Nov. 5 where they collected another first place prize at the US Bands National Group 6A Championships at J. Birney Crum Stadium. They also won special awards for the following categories: Best Visual, Best Overall Effect, and Best Color Guard.
“Thank you for making us proud,” Morgan said as he read the proclamation in the presence of two of the band members. He remembered seeing the band practice “in the heat of August” and noted that the band’s performances are “truly spectacular.”
Two members of the Youth Community Service Association (CSA) representatives also came before the council to explain their mission. The Youth CSA functions under the CSA of New Providence. The young representatives asked the council to spread the word about their organization.
The organization is recruiting high school students to volunteer for various tasks that will help the elderly or other residents in need. Its goal is to “make a positive contribution” to the community, “have pride in the community” and help youth members to “build character”.
The youth volunteers will help residents in need with labor intensive tasks while any monetary assistance will go through the regular CSA channels. They are offering to rake leaves, do yard work and shovel snow. They will also help with grocery shopping, providing local rides, and help moving furniture if needed. Furthermore the youth volunteers are able to help with technology issues and provide companionship.
The group is using social media means to reach out to potential volunteers among the high school students. Their goal is to keep a steady flow of new volunteers when the “seniors” will go off to college.
You have taken the volunteering idea to a new level, Councilman Robert Robinson complemented the representatives on their leadership role. Morgan noted that the council does not often have young adults to come to meetings and offer help. “We want to congratulate you and thank you for your community service. It is nice to see that young people will go above and beyond to help, especially with your busy schedules,” Morgan said.