EDISON, NJ -- On Tuesday, December 4, a group of 25 sophomores and juniors from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison attended the Teen Hunger Summit at Seton Hall Prep in South Orange. This is the second year that W+H students have attended the summit, an event organized by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.  

Students participated in breakout workshops related to hunger issues around New Jersey, the United States and the globe. Students also listened to former NFL player Lonnie Allgood, who runs the Dreams for Kids Foundation, an organization aimed at supporting initiatives for school-aged children in the state of New Jersey. 

The day concluded with a ‘hunger banquet,” in which students were placed in various socio-economic groups and served a lunch that matched their status.  Students will use what they learned at the summit to continue implementing hunger-based initiatives at W+H.

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Students attending the trip included: 

  • Tyler Jones, Judy Minnium, and Camila Martinez of Scotch Plains; 
  • Alex Caiola, Clare Jeffery, and Kallie Schildge of Westfield;
  • Sydney Sweeney of Cranford; 
  • Sahil Mulji, Yash Pandeyand Mark Zhang, Neha Sharma, and Aliya Zaidi of Edison; 
  • Ariana Di Landro of Carteret; Olivia Brown of South Plainfield;
  • Austin Forsythe of Princeton; 
  • Sydney Johnson, Leila Hernandez-Webster and  Brian Machado, Saleem Ibraheem of Piscataway;
  • Destiny Ingram of Somerset, Kennedy Bugg of Union;
  • Brianna Chambers of Somerset; 
  • Neha Mandalapu of Warren;
  • Jessie Ni of Fords; and 
  • Sohum Thakker of Monroe.

The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Ave. in North Edison, near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.