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Annual Mountaineers Care Day Brings Smiles and Laughter

Students with PE Supervisor Kevin Alvine, Greg Marchesi, Steve Zichella, Hayden Moore and Debi Zarro. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
St. Cloud PE teacher Greg Marchesi with St. Cloud alumni. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Despite inclement weather, West Orange High School (WOHS) students lit up the Tarnoff Cafeteria with smiles and laughter for the annual Mountaineers Care Day, which brings together WOHS Mountaineer Mentors and special needs students for an afternoon of games and dancing.

Special needs students were each partnered with a mentor and placed into teams, where together they rotated through several modified sports and activity stations that included parachutes and balls, volleyball and bowling. 

Following the activity stations, a dance party brought everyone together, ending with a conga line that spread throughout the cafeteria. 

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The event was organized by WOHS Principal Hayden Moore, admin Debi Zarro, special needs teacher Jodi Goldstein, Steve Zichella and St. Cloud physical education teacher Greg Marchesi.

"This event is near and dear to my heart," said Moore, who began work in the West Orange school district as a Child Studies team member. "I love the way all our students come together, make new friends, and enjoy time with one another. Judging by the smiles on everyone's faces, I'd say we had a great afternoon with all our Mountaineers.”

See the video below and all the photos from Mountaineers Care Day here.

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