West Orange's Annual “Mountaineers’ Care Day” Lights Up Suriano Stadium with Smiles

PE Supervisor Kevin Alvine, Superintendent Jeff Rutzky, PE teacher Greg Marchesi, Principal Hayden Moore. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
2016-17 Mountaineer Mentors. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Chloe Fried gives a thumbs up to the day. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Principal Hayden Moore kicks off the proceedings. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Mentors prepare to team up with students. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The annual “Mountaineers’ Care Day,” a long-standing tradition at West Orange High School (WOHS) that pairs Mountaineer Mentors with special needs students in middle and high school for a fun afternoon of sports games and dances, was was held in Suriano Stadium on May 12 under sunny skies.

The Mountaineer Mentors, the ambassadors of the high school, assist at various events, work with younger students, and serve as guides and role models. This year’s complement of mentors includes more than 100 students.

The event was organized by high school administration and facilitated by St. Cloud Physical Education Greg Marchesi and Steve Zichella, Mountaineer Mentorship Coordinator.

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“Welcome everyone,” said WOHS Principal Hayden Moore as he addressed everyone on the field. “We’re going to have a lot of fun and we’re going to win today.”

Various sports games stations were set up on the field and groups moved in 10-minute rotations. A dance party followed before students headed out.

“This is awesome,” said Chloe Fried as she dashed from station to station, high-fiving her team members.

To see all the photos from Mountaineer's Care Day, click here

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