ELIZABETH — Two service clubs from Benedictine Academy, an all-female Catholic college prep high school in Elizabeth, will be honored for their exceptional good works at the NJ “Jefferson Governor’s Award” Ceremony on May 21 at the Newark Museum. The Academy’s Peace and Justice Club, and, the SHAC (Students Helping All Children) Club are the New Jersey “Jefferson Awards Youth Service” Honorees.
Both clubs participated, through Benedictine Academy’s Campus Ministry Program, in the “New Jersey Make Service Count Challenge”, a Youth Service Initiative of the NJ “Jefferson Governor’s Award” coordinated by the Star Ledger of NJ and the Community Foundation of NJ. Overall, they selected the top ten youth service projects for various categories out of over ninety service projects within the state. The Academy’s Peace & Justice Club was recognized for working diligently to spread its “Anti-Bullying Program” to other schools in the local communities and across the states. The SHAC Club has been focusing its efforts on helping raise awareness to stop child slave labor, especially in the chocolate industry.
“Both of these clubs have been leaders of change bringing hope into the world,” Benedictine Academy Campus Minister Linda Michalski stated. “There were so many great youth service projects!” she added. “Together, we can and are making a difference across the globe.”
The NJ “Jefferson Governor’s Award” comes to Benedictine Academy on the heels of the Benedictine School Community winning the “Jefferson Award New Jersey Regional Competition” and Gold Banner for outstanding volunteerism in April.
Benedictine Academy Peace & Justice Club: Front, (l-r): Cassandra Francois, Caroline Antonio, Mary Ann Nwako, Jen Abbondante, Cinthya Pizarro, Beatrice Thompson, Kimberly Clerie. Back, (l-r): Cheila Cardoso, Joyce Mendoza and Ariana Taveras.
Benedictine Academy SHAC Club- Left, (front to back): Kai Alexander, Shervonne Gittens, Shana Lugay, Kelly Amorim and Samantha Frejuste. Right, (front to back) – Norky Diaz, Michelle Colonia, Anglin Thevarajah, Samantha Herrejon and Heidi Isabel. (Photos courtesy of Benedictine Academy)
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