RAHWAY — On Friday, June 14, Rahway High School’s Young Women Leaders (YWL), sponsored by teacher Annette Goodman and Vice-Principal Chey Rivera, held a breakfast at the school for representatives of Healing and Helping Women, a local non-profit organization and presented them with a check for $ 1,000 raised during the annual fashion show, “A Day in Paris,” held last month.
Healing and Helping Women, located on 1441 Irving Street in Rahway, works to support women, children, and families, including those in shelters. The head of this organization, Deborah Daids, explained the work of the organization in meeting needs in the area. She spoke of the desperate plight of families they are currently helping who are being displaced because they live in apartments in Plainfield that are being torn down. She talked about additional areas YWL could serve next year by collecting diapers, children’s pajamas, and toiletries. Also, she invited the girls to make beaded bracelets for the organization as a fundraiser.
Another member of Healing and Helping Women, Sherie Glover, addressed the girls to explain that they could refer girls or families to her to learn about domestic violence. She announced book scholarships for the two seniors in YWL, Ta-Teyonda Hawkins and Samiyah Irvin. It was important to her that she give scholarships to those who might not be meeting the requirements for other awards.
Goodman then talked to the girls about the two ideas that had been focused on during the year, learning ways to choose happiness despite circumstances and beginning to focus on an attitude of gratitude.
Finally, Rivera presented each of the two seniors with a flower, signifying strength, grace, and beauty. They each addressed the group, with Hawkins describing her transformation over the course of her high school career to becoming an honor roll student.
Young Women Leaders (YWL) of Rahway High School presents a check for $ 1,000 to the organization, Healing and Helping Women. Shown from left, Vice Principal Chey Rivera, Deborah Daids, Ms. Annette Goodman, and in front, Cheyanne Pollock, and Ashanti Tennet. In back Samiyah Irvin, Chassiday Medina, Asjalai Crutchfield, Marie Alves, Jamya LaDuna (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)
Ta-Teyonda Hawkins, Sherie Glover, and Samiyah Irvin as Glover announces that Healing and Helping Women will be giving these Rahway seniors book scholarships. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)
Chey Rivera addresses Rahway High School senior YWL members, Samiyah Irvin and Ta-Teyonda Hawkins and presents them with beautiful blossoms symbolizing strength, grace, and beauty. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)
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