Acting locally brings greater meaning to student service project at Pennington
Posted on 03/19/2019
A group of students standing in front of 150 coats collected during a service project

Through the hard work of the Pennington Traditional School National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), 150 local people stayed a little warmer while waiting for spring temperatures to arrive. Conducting a coat drive as a service project is a long-standing tradition at Pennington. However, this year, the focus turned to acting locally.

“All of the coats went to the food pantry at West Gate Elementary,” explained Frank Cardone, a sixth-grade teacher who serves as NJHS sponsor. “We tried to help out the Prince William County Schools family more directly this time around.”

By taking on this annual coat drive, these Pennington students experience the positive effects of service projects, such as developing new skills, making contacts, and improving the quality of life of others. This type of project allows students to learn more about their own personal motivations, develop critical thinking skills while solving real-world problems, and think about problems and social issues in new ways. These students have the satisfaction of knowing that the 150 coats they collected had immediate benefits to their local community.

If you would like to contribute to the West Gate Elementary food pantry, please contact Adrianna Hill at .

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