ALJ Sophomore Recognized For Altruistic Endeavors

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CLARK — Arthur L. Johnson Sophomore Joseph Bonaccorso was recognized by the Clark Township Board of Education for his altruistic endeavors and honors at the Board of Education’s Showcase of Success on Jan. 11.

Bonaccorso was presented the Unity Award of Achievement by a Student through the Union County Human Relations Committee for his efforts in protecting women and girls in Central Africa from the Janjaweek, a brutal militia known for committing crimes and murder.

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Bonaccorso was the driving force behind launching an Amnesty International Club at Arthur L. Johnson High School.  He and his fellow club members raised nearly $1,000 to buy 30 of solar cooking heating devices, insuring that women could prepare food without having to venture from their refugee camps in Chad to gather scarce firewood, thus making themselves vulnerable to attack.

A young man with a strong sense of altruism, some of Bonaccorso’s other projects including  lending his efforts to organizing the sale of Grace Bracelets to defer the medical costs of a nine-year-old girl suffering from cancer, and organizing a walk to raise money for The Children’s Specialized Hospital, among others.

Bonaccorso’s accomplishments were highlighted at the Board of Education meeting by Superintendent Kenneth Knops who cited him as “a wonderful ambassador representing both the Clark community and our School District,” and by Amnesty International Club Advisor and Arthur L. Johnson Teacher Victoria Formato.  Board of Education President Jill Curran presented Bonaccorso with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Board of Education.

Joseph Bonaccorso is flanked by Superintendent Kenneth Knops, who highlights Joseph’s altruistic endeavors, and Amnesty International Club Advisor Victoria Formato. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)


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