At Red Oaks, volunteering time and energy, working together, and donating valuable resources to a greater cause is an important aspect of our learning community. It is where the seeds of philanthropy and service to others are planted in our children. Through these projects everyone becomes aware that in our society, as well as other countries, not everyone is able to fulfill their basic needs adequately.
Our middle school students bundled up and stood outside of the Cedar Knolls Walmart for hours last Saturday. They collected 710 pounds of food and $319 in cash donations for the Interfaith Food Pantry. Thanks to Red Oaks families and staff, they also collected 18 turkeys to help supplement less fortunate families' Thanksgiving dinners. Our students calculated that the final number of donations collected will reach over 1,500 pounds in total!
Meanwhile, at the Cutler campus, the art of giving took place in a number of ways: Children participated in the UNICEF Trick-or-Treat campaign to raise $611.65 (some children donated money from their own piggy banks). Ms. Mary Anne's class collected donations for the Preschool Programs at The Neighborhood House (in Morristown). Ms. Eva's class held a toy drive to benefit children in need via the New Jersey Devils, who in turn, take all the toys collected to Toys For Tots.