As you may know, Newton High School’s TRS Club has joined Pass It Along for the past couple of years in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day community service project by painting murals in elementary schools in Newark. In fact our TRS Club has been named as Pass It Along's Outstanding High School Chapter for the second consecutive year.
This year Pass It Along has asked Sussex County middle schools, high schools and other organizations to participate in a “Uniting Together” project, where the school or organization will determine a need and do a service project within their own community prior to MLK Day. Then students from 8th grade and above will gather on January 19th to share their projects, participate in workshops, and unite together to complete another service project at the host school.
I am very pleased to share with you that Pass It Along has selected Halsted Middle School as the host school for the MLK Day Uniting Together Project. Pass It Along has built a strong relationship with our Newton schools and students, and their leaders said about Halsted that, “The energy from the staff, administration and students make it a prime choice for hosting this event.”
Students will arrive and register around 9 am. The guest motivational speaker, Tim Jackson, will get the crowd energized and ready for the day with a brief video presentation of all the Uniting Together projects. Students will then break into groups and be assigned to completing a project within the school. All projects will be managed by a Pass it Along staff member with the assistance of Halsted faculty with lunch provided by Applebee’s. After lunch students will gather for a quick reflection celebrating the day and their accomplishments.
Please join me in congratulating our students and staff on their continuing commitment to community service.