Union Catholic Project Haiti Club Receives Outstanding Youth Service Award

SCOTCH PLAINS – The Union Catholic High School Project Haiti Club has been selected to receive a 2011 New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Award for Outstanding Youth Service in the Peace and Justice category.

The Project Haiti Club has partnered with St. Thomas University located in Miami, Florida to raise awareness about the plight of the people of Haiti and the initiation of the Fair Coffee Trade Program in Haiti which seeks to provide ecologically sound and economically sustainable development.


Project Haiti held a coffeehouse event in March to promote the club’s activities. The well-attended event featured fair trade coffee from Café Cocano, a raffle of Café Cocano products and music. The success of this event garnered attention for Project Haiti which resulted in their nomination and selection for the New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Award. Students, faculty and staff will be present at the May 21 awards ceremony at The Newark Museum to accept this honor.

Project Haiti club members Greg Gagliardi of Mountainside, Brian Cattafe of Plainfield, Deirdre McElroy of Springfield, Adrianna DeGazon of South Orange and faculty moderator Kim Leegan. (Photo courtesy of Union Catholic High School)

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