SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Seventh graders at Terrill Middle School presented their service learning projects to parents and other visitors to the school on Thursday, June 1.
Students were required to do three acts of service. Among the issues they tackled were hunger, cyberbullying, water pollution, fair treatment of refugees, literacy, poverty and homelessness, animal welfare, and traffic safety.
"It's not fair that people trapped in camps lack even clean water when they are trying to escape injustice," said Anna Saltzman, who along with Julia John, helped raise money for the International Refugee Committee (IRC) by holding a bake sale.
For a project on beach and ocean pollution, Alexa Gingold, Amanda Hill, Sophie Shapiro, and Marin Brace interviewed an Alaskan fisherman to ask about the impact of pollutants on fish. For their project on obesity, Annette Liang and Emily Sicoli organized a "fun run" at Ponderosa Park and a healthy foods picnic. Aidan Mooney and Isaiah Nathaniel met with Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and Police Chief Ted Conley to discuss installation of solar stop signs on Willow Ave. near Rte. 22. A number of students collected food, clothing and/or shoes for people living in poverty.