projects and programs
Shoe Drive - Every autumn,
shoes, boots, and sneakers in new or excellent condition are collected
for redistribution. There is a special need for baby, toddler and
children’s shoes as well as men’s shoes. This drive
is held in cooperation with seven podiatrists across the state,
who collect the shoes, sanitize them, and then redistribute them
to local shelters and thrift shops.
Halloween Canvassing – Instead
of trick-or-treating for tasty treats, SCN members go door to door
and canvass their neighborhoods to help our Family Fund.
Thanksgiving Food Box Project
- Held every November, SCN collects specific food items to be included
in a food box, which represents an entire Thanksgiving Day meal.
We simultaneously run a Turkey Drive. Many supermarkets offer free
turkeys to patrons who spend a specified amount of money by a certain
date. Members of the community are asked to redeem the coupon they
receive from the supermarket and donate the turkey to SCN (but only
if you don’t need the turkey yourself!!).
Kettle Drive - Students schoolwide
are invited to volunteer for a two hour shift to “stand the
Kettle” for the Salvation Army. “Bell Ringers”
are a familiar site for holiday shoppers. SCN has partnered with
the Salvation Army since 1998 to help them raise funds that help
the local community.
Caroling for the Tiny Tim Fund
- Teams of student volunteers participate in the Tiny Tim Fund’s
annual fundraiser. Teams are assigned a specific route and sing
Holiday carols while canvassing door to door. The Tiny Tim Fund
helps residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood.
Candy Gram Sale – Implemented
in 1994, this project has become a tradition at SPFHS. SCN members
sell Candy Grams, a personalized message written by students and
staff to their friends and colleagues which we attach to a candy
cane and deliver just in time for the Holidays! Proceeds go to sponsoring
needy children and providing them with holiday gifts.
Christmas Food Drive - Implemented
in 1992, a school wide food drive is held every December. This project
is run as a competition between all the homerooms in the school.
The homeroom that turns in the most boxed and canned food items
wins the competition and receives a free breakfast, compliments
of SCN. The items donated are distributed through Union County Social
Services and Heart for Humanity to local residents in need. Click
here for a list of items that are most needed.
Project Angel Tree - Faculty,
staff and students are invited every December to adopt a child for
the Holidays and supply them with the Christmas presents they would
otherwise not receive. Clubs and organizations and even individual
classes or homerooms are encouraged to adopt a child as a group.
Famine Day - Implemented in 1995,
students obtain sponsors, educate the student body and family members
about the world wide hunger crisis, and go without food for up to
thirty hours while they personally gain empathy for what millions
of hungry people experience each day of their lives. On average,
SCN raises over $1000.00 annually for World Vision in this worldwide
event that includes participants from 21 countries. This event is
held in late winter or early spring.
Hunger Banquet – Every several
years, SCN tackles a Hunger Banquet. Students, staff and community
members are personally invited to a free dinner, compliments of
SCN. However, the banquet illustrates how the world eats on an average
day. Diners receive a ticket which represents one of three groups:
the upper class, the middle and the lower classes. They redeem their
ticket for a meal which represents their class. It is an interesting
evening as participants see first hand how the overall population
of the world eats. A keynote speaker from a local charity shares
war stories concerning the battle against local hunger and encourages
community involvement. Since the dinner is “free,” participants
are given the opportunity to make a donation at the end of the evening
which is directed to the charity of the keynote speaker.
Walk for Local Hunger - Students
are invited to collaborate with the Coalition for Hunger Awareness
in their annual Walk-a-thon in May which raises money for local
charities in Union County.
Easter Basket Project - Baskets
are purchased, decorated, and filled with school supplies, hygiene
items, food items and candy for local children who otherwise would
not enjoy an Easter Basket.
May Drive – This project
got its name from the simple fact that calling it The Hygiene Item
and Baby Product Drive was a bit long and didn’t fit on fliers
very well!! Since we conduct this biannual event in May, it was
a lot simpler to name it the May Drive!! Baby products and hygiene
items are always in demand and we can’t seem to get enough
of them. Thus, the May Drive!!
Feeding the Homeless - Student
volunteers have two weekly opportunities to make sandwiches for
the homeless. We travel to the Yes, We Care Soup Kitchen at Zion
Lutheran Church in Clarke on Monday nights at 6:15 and on Tuesday,
students carpool or meet at 5:30 at Temple Emmanuel in Westfield.
The sandwiches that are made are given out to the homeless in New
York City and Elizabeth.
Fundraising - Ongoing support
is raised through a variety of fundraisers, including morning bagel
and muffin sales, baked good sales and after school pizza sales.
We conduct “Dollar Day” throughout the school year,
a school wide canvassing drive which asks each student and staff
member to contribute one dollar which is donated to local charities
or a specific cause as a need arises.
Disaster Relief - Projects are put in place on
a “needs” basis. Past projects include conducting fundraisers
and donation drives for earthquake, flood and hurricane victims.
Most recently SCN raised close to $2000 for the Tsunami victims
in southeast Asia (2004).
Disaster Relief Courses and Certification class
have been offered through the American Red Cross. Students may become
“certified volunteers” through participation in a variety
of Red Cross classes that are offered after school at the high school.
Family Fund - is ongoing fundraising
whose funds are dedicated to helping local residents who experience
a personal tragedy. SCN has been able to help residents who lost
their homes due to fire or flood, families who experienced the loss
of a parent, and families who experienced the major breadwinner
losing a job.
“The Network” - Knowing
that many students have parents, relatives, friends and neighbors
who work for companies and corporations, we solicit large scale
donations (either products or monetary) for redistribution through
local charities. We invite anyone who has a contact with food, hygiene,
or paper product manufactures to become partners with SCN in providing
tax-deductible donations. Please contact us for more information.
You are invited to join or help SCN at
any time of the school year.