NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Future Civic Leaders club of New Providence High School is filled with a group of passionate and committed students looking to get civically and politically engaged. They have taken on many initiatives so far this year, and are looking forward to more in the future.

This year alone -- the Future Civic Leaders (FCL) has participated in many community events. In October, the students created a scarecrow for the town's scarecrow stroll and won third place. The club also hold monthly debates on topics such as animal testing to topics such as the policies of the two presidential candidates. The club wants the students to be well rounded by helping the community and acknowledging world affairs. For the Holidays, FCL loves to give back. For Christmas this year, the students made Christmas cards for a soft bones patient named Sierra. The President of the club, Shaden Awad, was informed that she was about to have surgery at the time, so the club devised a meeting to decorate handmade Christmas cards.

Going forward, the FCL plans to take on even more initiatives. They will be getting to know students from ECLC, the special needs school in Chatham, through Skype calls and pen pals. This would lead up to FCL engaging with the students from ECLC in activities, such as unified sports. The club is also interested in informing the students on leadership.

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In March, FCL will be holding leadership classes at NPHS where students from the elementary schools of New Providence, Saltbrook and Allen W. Roberts, will learn about  classes about bridge building, creative writing, and photography. Classes will be taught by FCL students.

Editor's Note: Elsa Berisha is a junior at New Providence High School participating in the TAPinto New Providence internship program. To learn more about the program, contact