High School Seniors Roll Up Their Sleeves On Service Day

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EDISON — With only a few weeks until graduation, members of the Class of 2010 at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to brighten the landscapes and lives of their local communities and residents during Senior Service Day on Wednesday, May 19.

At the Greater Somerset County Chapter of the American Red Cross in Somerville, students were given a hefty list of things to do, including washing the emergency vehicles and beautifying the grounds at the facility. While the supervisors at the chapter knew it was a long list of tasks to undertake, they were pleasantly surprised to find that the seniors had completed them all.


At the Community Food Bank in Hillside, which serves a number of functions for needy individuals, families, schools, children and young adults, the seniors organized school supplies for Abbott District schools, food for “back pack children” (children who are sent home on Friday with enough food to last the weekend), and children’s clothing for families in crisis.

Finally, at Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Services in Plainfield, the students worked for four hours to landscape a space at the facility to make way for a community garden.

GETTING THE JOB DONE…At the Community Food Bank in Hillside during Senior Service Day, the following seniors and faculty/staff members from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison participated: Yolanda Reyes of South Plainfield (Upper School Spanish teacher), Barbara Drake of Plainfield (Upper School science teacher), Nia Beckett of Plainfield, Chris Gray of Carteret, John O’Connell of Plainfield, Sean Gardner of South Amboy, Seren Tekkoc of Edison, Jourdan Campbell of Plainfield, Rishabh Madan of Perth Amboy, Sophia Halkias of Linden, Adiraj Sirohi of Edison, and Jordan Beckett of Plainfield.

John Robinson of Edison, Charles Kennedy of Watchung, and Nicola Berry of Edison prepare the grounds at Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Services in Plainfield for a community garden during Senior Service Day on May 19.

Photos courtesy of The Wardlaw-Hartridge School

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