A Saturday Of Service


Pictured from left to right are the K-Kids Matthew Bill, Stephanie Campbell, Mrs. Spence, Michelle Kukan, Principal Joseph Beltramba, Gabriella Scipioni and Marisa Venturella. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK — Members of the Valley Road School in Clark’s K-Kids Club blended community service, global studies, social skills development and FUN when they met with refugees from Liberia, West Africa, on Saturday, Dec. 8.

A holiday celebration is held each December at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Newark for members of the African Immigrant Ministry (AIM). Children young and old come to the church center for a morning of reflection on the season, crafts, pizza and gift-giving.

This year Valley Road School K-Kids, teachers and Valley Road School parents assisted with craft-making, help to serve the food for a shared meal and learn what children have in common the ability to enjoy one another and to have fun regardless of differences in personal backgrounds.

The Zion Lutheran Church in Clark, Rev. Andrew J. Dzurovcik, Senior Pastor, initiated this program several years ago to assist families who had escaped a civil war in their homeland for opportunities in America. Valley Road School has participated through the PTA for many years. For the last three years, Valley Road Student Council members have personally assisted with this event. This year K-Kids, the school’s Community Service Group, attended the trip.

Those who attended the trip along with the K-Kids and parents were teachers Paula Spence and Sue Dzurocvik as K-Kids advisors; and Joe Beltramba the schools principal. Teresa Gotti, another K-Kids advisor, organized the trip along with Dzurovcik.


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