UNION, NJ - The Livingston School community led by its student council members and advisors, Elena Patricco and Maria Sibilia, have had a busy year making a difference in school, as well as teaming up to support community organizations.

This year's school fundraisers and charitable giving included:

“Sock-Tober”:  The students collected and encouraged donations of new socks for the homeless. Over 100 pairs of socks were collected.

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“One Kind Step”:   Based out of Clark, the organization joined forces with the Livingston School community to decorate bags for domestic abuse victims. Students decorated over 200 bags that would later be filled with essentials for people in need.

“Students Change Hunger”:   Livingston School collected almost 600 pounds of food for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, earning them runner-up status within the Division IV schools for their Students Change Hunger program. 

“New Jersey Veterans Network” partnered with Livingston families to collect over 1,000 cookies that were donated to soldiers being deployed.

“Operation Gratitude” was a school initiative led by Kelly Kitzman to show the school’s appreciation for troops. Students wrote letters of gratitude to the troops and donated Halloween candy. Over 50 boxes of candy and letters were sent to the troops.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Fund”:   Friendship Fundraiser raised $300 in support of the Ellen DeGeneres Gorilla Fund. The Ellen Fund supports global conservation efforts for endangered species. 

“Relay for Life”:   Led by the team captain, Elena Patricco, Livingston School’s goal of $5,000 was exceeded with a total of $7,336.95 and the title of “Gold Team” for the most money donated to the Relay for Life in Union.

“Alex’s Lemonade Stand” an initiative by 3rd-grade teachers, Lindsay Conneely, Heather Denner, Kelly Kitzman and Joanna Mikros, is ongoing and has raised $100 to date.