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Community Building through Community Service

Community Building through Community Service
Community Building through Community Service
Cora Meader Thomases


The Middle School Community Service Program brings families together supporting their children, one another, and the community. Recently, Red Oaks parent and PA Co-Chair Vida Fruebis and her son Kieran joined with several other families – Alexandra Forman-Chou and son Thomas Chou, and Debra Tarantino and son Robert Hickman – at Liberty State Park to support their community service efforts. It was a terrific experience for all. Vida is reaching out to Middle School families who would like to meet up at their next effort on May 21st at the Great Strides Walk of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Morristown.

She has this to say:

Middle School Students at Red Oaks are required to do 25 hours of community service each school year. Sometimes, towards the end, there is a scramble to get those hours in and one has to get creative. We found this wonderful website VolunteerMatch.org that posts a wide variety of volunteer opportunities online.

This past Sunday, a few families met at Liberty State Park in Jersey City to help park ranger Lori dig up a patch of invasive Japanese Knotweed, and to transplant three pine trees. We did not only feel very accomplished after completing the tasks, but also enjoyed views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan, and the company of the other families for carpooling, working together, and finishing up with lunch at a nearby diner. What a great opportunity to build community through community service!

On May 21st, we will volunteer again, this time at the Great Strides Walk of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Morristown. You can get information and sign up at the following link: https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp1289702.jsp. Please contact Vida Fruebis at vidafruebis@gmail.com if you are coming so we can look for you! AND LET'S WEAR OUR RED OAKS TEE SHIRTS!

Photos courtesy of Vida Fruebis & Debbie Tarantin

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