New Education Club At Kean Off To A Running Start

UNION—A new club of future school teachers on the Kean University campus is proof that volunteerism is still a priority in the Education field.

In less than three months, SJNEA Educators Club, moderated by Kean’s Coordinator of Secondary Education, Dr. Linda Costanzo Cahir, has already completed two community service projects for Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth.


The effort began during spring break, when club President Cecilia Pite, Karin Cifrodelli, chairperson of public service, and Vice President Bill Donnelly went to Trinitas to speak with the hospital’s Director of Volunteer Services, Lisa Liss. The club’s goal was to reach out to the hospital in order to find a need that they could satisfy.  At that meeting, the group identified five different ways the club could help the hospital, and Pite selected two of them for immediate implementation.

Shortly after, the club conducted a bulk clothing drive on Sunday, April 18 in the parking lot of the Sun Tavern in Roselle Park.  SNJEA Educators Club promoted the event to its members and to the Kean community, but also attracted donations from several surrounding towns thanks to the help of the hospital’s marketing department, and the owner of Sun Tavern, Lilian Duda, who distributed hundreds of flyers prior to the collection day.

According to Liss, “It was an example of Education, Health Care and Business all working together for the good of the community.”

The four-hour Sunday clothing drive, staffed by club members, collected 2,244 lbs of used clothing and toys, raising $336.60 for Trinitas’ new CORE Training Center for nurses.

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