EDISON, NJ – During the week of June 3, seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison participated in service outreach, each committing time to four local organizations for three days.
Under the coordination of Nicole Nolan, W+H Director of Global Scholars and Community Outreach, and with the support of members of the Upper School faculty, students worked with Habitat for Humanity and The Salvation Army in Plainfield, The Community Food Bank of New Jersey and its partners, and Interfaith RISE in Highland Park.
Throughout their days of service, students helped renovate, repaint, and maintain properties. They also interacted with preschool children, prepared meals for those who are food insecure, and engaged with a wide variety of members of the community. Students thoroughly enjoyed their days of service for both the opportunity to give back and to spend some final days of bonding together with their peers.
“I enjoyed meeting part of the family that will be living in the house we worked on. It helped me realize that the work we were doing was truly meaningful,” said Victoria Georgiou of Warren, who was part of the crew at Habitat for Humanity.
“I had a fantastic time contributing to a larger cause while working on something both impactful and demonstrative of the confidence and maturity Interfaith RISE has in its volunteers,” Kelton Estabrook of Plainfield said.
“Knowing the organization already, it was really cool to see what goes on behind the scenes. I was glad to know that my contribution was helping their summer camp program,” Victoria Howell of Piscataway added.
Mia Sutton of Scotch Plains and Alexandra Vargas of Dunellen were among those who worked with Community Food Bank and its partners.
Mia said, “I really enjoyed all three places, and my favorite site was the Neighborhood House (Morristown) because I was able to play with kids and they really appreciated it.”
Alexandra added, “I loved working with the Food Bank. It made me feel good helping people in need.”
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Ave. in North Edison, near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.