RANDOLPH, NJ- Like many other college students, Randolph resident and RHS alum Kathryn Altman (freshman, University of Pittsburgh) was sent home from her university in mid-March, told to stay away from campus and finish the semester online. Sharing the same feelings of frustration and uncertainty as other college students returning home, Altman decided to funnel her energy into a community service project.
This project, entitled “Strings for Supplies,” is a fundraiser to raise money for the Morristown Medical Center’s Covid-19 Supply Fund. Altman makes and sells homemade string bracelets in a variety of colors and patterns, ranging from $1 to $5 depending on the bracelet. 100% of proceeds are donated to the supply fund, and thus far, Strings for Supplies has raised and donated $530 to the hospital.
Bracelets are delivered through mail, as to ensure contactless delivery. More information can be found on the Facebook page Strings for Supplies, or the Instagram @stringsforsupplies. The link to order a bracelet can be found here: https://forms.gle/Nf8yMPRf9SkiLtZ87
In the past weeks, Altman has started a new project as well, after talking to high school seniors who are struggling to commit to a college without visiting for an accepted students' day, and juniors whose questions are not being answered due to an inability to tour campuses. To combat this, Altman created a database of college students and graduates, most of them RHS alumni, who are willing to talk to current high school students about their colleges and answer questions that will help upperclassmen make those difficult decisions without leaving their homes.
With the help of Ms. Huey, the RHS College and Career counsellor, Altman has currently organized contact information for 137 college students at universities in 22 states (as well as Canada) who all want to help guide and support high school students during this time. The college decision-making process is difficult enough during a normal year, and being unable to physically visit campuses only exacerbates the difficulty.
The database is public and available for any college student or recent graduate to edit, and for any current high school student from any school to use as a resource. The database can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GRLGv66gTWUZTB9ptoGsUuRd9GHrkolCK4pJpl0SZsY/edit?usp=sharing