WEST ORANGE - On Saturday, Jan, 24, West Orange High School Principal Hayden Moore held a Bowling for Scholarship Dollars event that raised approximately $3,500 dollars toward The Principal’s Scholarship, which is a branch off of the West Orange Education Fund that is geared to helping students that show financial need, academic success and community involvement defray college costs

“The event sold out immediately,” said Administrative Assistant Debbie Zarro. “Many guests returned this year to support the event.”

As guests entered Eagle Rock Bowling Lanes in West Orange, they immediately began to form teams. In total, approximately 100 guests attended the event and utilized 26 of the 32 lanes that were offered by the bowling alley. All attendees were given a raffle ticket as they entered for a chance to win one of 15 different $10 gift cards to Dunkin’ Donuts, Chipotle, or Jersey Mikes Sub’s. 50/50 raffle tickets were also sold, with people selling sleeve lengths worth of raffle tickets for $10.

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“We wanted to give back to my students but not necessarily the top students—to students across the board,” said Hayden. “We wanted to hit students struggling and wanting a chance for post-secondary education. We want to make sure that we can reach a variety of our students.”

As Principal Hayden entered the bowling alley, he began greeting guests and thanking them for not only their contributions to the Scholarship but for coming out to support the Scholarship Fund.

Next, the lights were dimmed and guests began to bowl with families and friends. Friendly competitions hit the lanes as West Orange High School alumni Steve Elizaire ’05 hit a strike, and then ran off the platform to joke around with alumni Nick Paulozzo ’03. 

“Principal Hayden is a great guy,” said Elizaire with a chuckle. “While supporting the Scholarship I get to see former teachers and friends.”

Along with parents, community members, alumni and faculty, Superintendent Jeffrey Rutzky, President of the Board of Education Ronald Charles, and Laura Lab Board of Education board member, attended the event too.

“I’m very excited for the turn out tonight,” said Charles. “Congratulations to Mr. Moore and everyone in attendance. It feels great to help students defer the cost of college.” 

Faculty members from Washington Elementary School, who shared the very first lane of the bowling alley, also shared some memorable moments as they joked around about their bowling shoes.

“It’s a nice event and its fun for everyone to get together,” said Wayne Oakley, a fifth grade teacher.  

The entire bowling alley was flooded with supporters by 9:00 p.m. who planned to stay until the very end—which was close to midnight.

“It’s a wonderful night, wonderful cause, and a lot of support,” said Rutzky. 

The evening was filled with clapping and screaming as everyone was excited to step onto to the platform and bowl. The night ended with the community raising monies not only for the Scholarship Fund—but for the students of West Orange High School.