WEST ORANGE, NJ - There's always something happening in the West Orange School District. Here is a sampling of what's been going on in West Orange Schools over the past few weeks.

Hazel Elementary School

For the second year, every student at Hazel Elementary School created handmade Valentines that will be sent to Veterans across the country. Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, who represents their district in Washington DC, invited the students to participate in the 2014 Valentines for Veterans outreach.

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“Students wrote cards, letters, and created heart-shaped flags for veterans to let the brave men and women know how much they were respected, honored, and appreciated for the sacrifices, and risks they have made to protect us and our country,” said Principal Acevedo.

“Hazel student’s enthusiasm for, and engagement in community service projects like Valentines for Vets knows no bounds. We couldn't be more proud of our Hazel Eagles for their efforts.”

Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

On Monday, Jan. 15, students and staff at Mt. Pleasant held a “Peace Walk” in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Students carried handmade signs and posters with themes of peace while 1960's peace march music played.

Roosevelt Middle School

The Rutgers University performing arts group, The Mayhem Poets, appeared at Roosevelt Middle School on Jan. 23 to develop youth and adult appreciation for poetry. The students presented an entertaining melange of current topics, hip hop, rap, and improv.  

West Orange High School

Adopt-a-Village is a program spearheaded by West Orange resident Emmanuel Anim-Sackey, who is better know around town as "Baba." The Adopt-a-Village Organization provides items like clothes, shoes, books, toys, bicycles and school supplies to a village in Ghana, Africa.  

Freshman Seminar classes compiled care packages including those items, decorating the boxes and writing personal letters to include for the second year in a row. Themes of community service, compassion and caring taught in the Freshman Seminar class was underscored as the project drew a cafeteria full of donated goods.

Emmanual Anim-Sackey was thrilled to see what the freshman class accomplished. The items will be included in the next shipment to Ghana.

"It was a good experience. It made use feel for grateful for what we have," said Freshman Michelle Montes De Oca.

"We just wanted them to know they are not alone," said Freshman Lee Richards. "We are there for them if they ever want to come."

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