Taking the lead on AAPI celebrations this month, Middle School students demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
An annual day of community and civic engagement has been a Pingry tradition since the School's years on the Hillside Campus. Thanks to the efforts of Shelley Hartz, Pingry's Director of Community and Civic Engagement, the program has grown considerably in recent years (this last-Friday-in-October event is part of the annual 10-hour community and civic engagement requirement for students in Grades 7–12). This year, students in all grades participated, with some activities taking place on the Pottersville Campus in addition to the customary trips off campus to assist organizations in central New Jersey.
To name just a few examples of students' activities:
· At the Lower School, "lifers" (seniors who have attended Pingry since Kindergarten) worked in the garden while Lower School students planted daffodils, made bookmarks, created cards of hope, and painted rocks.
· Middle School students worked on projects for the campus farm (weeding; building bird houses) and painted popsicle sticks for the Great Swamp.
· Upper School students who remained on campus were involved with Potters for Peace (creating ceramic pieces to sell for cancer support); building a tutoring program; making posters for the New York City Marathon; painting a mural on the door of the shed that houses the composter; and cleaning up the hiking trail. Off-campus destinations included America's Grow a Row, Bridges, Deirdre's House, the Great Swamp, Grow It Green, Raritan Headwaters, Reeves Reed Arboretum, Schiff Nature Preserve, SEEK Academy, St. Justine's Preschool, and taiko drumming at The Willow School.
· The new Pottersville Campus was the site of students planting bulbs and trees; a drama presentation for Grade 5; and organizational work for the Technology Department.
Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer, Editor of The Pingry Review