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RHS Students Utilize MLK Day To Volunteer And Give Back
ore than 150 Randolph High School students and teachers spent their day off from school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteering their time to help others. Students collected food for the Interfaith Food Pantry in Randolph and the Randolph Animal Shelter and then delivered the donations. Students hosted a bingo game and refreshments for Randolph senior citizens in the high school commons while Randolph’s singers and musicians performed for the seniors. In the gymnasium, members of the high school soccer teams played basketball, soccer, bowling and other games with special needs students. The RHS girls’ basket-
ball team spent the day with senior citizens at Sunrise Assisted Living in Randolph where they played games and talked with seniors. Other students traveled by bus to the Cerebral Palsey High School of New Jersey in Livingston and Homeless Solutions. Some helped bag groceries at Acme supermarket. The day was a joint venture by the PTSO and the RHS Administration, according to Principal Debbie Iosso and PTSO President Jeanne Stifelman. Iosso said she hopes this day becomes an annual tradition and plans are already in the works to include more student volunteers next year. For more information, read Iosso’s blog at rhsrampride. com. Before the bingo game
began, senior citizens enjoyed a solo performance by RHS singer Gaby Toledo, then a quintet of singers Haley McArthur, Haley Orenstein, Isabel Litterst, Kayla Buchanan and Isabel Vega performed “Seasons of Love” and other songs and finally a jazz quintet with Paul ward, John Yager, Charlie Aulenbach, Billy Xocoy and Frank Zhang. “I feel humbled that we are doing something to give back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” said junior Amaya Taylor. “Martin Luther King Jr. gave so much to the community and we are coming together and that is what he wanted no matter what our race, gender or religion, we are all doing something for the community.” Soccer player Justin Lawrence, a junior, said he
Randolph High School juniors Hallie Stevens and Beryn Weinstock collect pet toys at the day of service.
enjoyed playing sports with special needs children. “”I love it,” he said. “It helps put everything in perspective. We take for granted
what we have every day.” Iosso said she hopes that she can find volunteer opportunities for all 1,640 high school students. This year,
there were not enough volunteer opportunities available to accommodate all of the students who wanted to volunteer.
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