EDISON, NJ -- On Sunday, Nov. 4, students, faculty, parents and friends from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison joined to help support Interfaith RISE's annual walk-a-thon. Upper School students helped direct participants, worked the registration table, and held signs during the walk.
Families and students who attended heard from several speakers along the walk, and had the opportunity to meet many of the refugee families served by Interfaith RISE. Speakers included U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, W+H Director of Global Scholars Nicole Nolan of Bridgewater and junior Camila Fang of Edison, who shared her experiences as a tutor of refugees.
“I love that I have become not only their teacher, but their friend. I have seen them uproot their lives and move to the United States practically unfazed, continuing their lives without pause. During our tutoring sessions, we work, as well as play, learning math and English, while still finding time for Sonic the Hedgehog games,” Camila said.
It was beautiful day for a walk, and the W+H community enjoyed the company of their friends and family as they walked alongside a diverse group of people who came from many faiths, ethnicities and ages to support an organization with which Wardlaw+Hartridge has developed a meaningful partnership in the past two years. This year’s walk surpassed Interfaith RISE’s goal of $20,000 in donations.
Wardlaw+Hartridge is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school located in Edison, NJ, serving students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. It is divided into three administrative divisions: the Lower School, the Middle School, and the Upper School. Wardlaw + Hartridge prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. We provide an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.