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EHS students gear up to head south and help the needy

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Students from the Class of 2013 paint a shed in West Virginia for a family in need. The Parkside Church in Westwood, NJ, organizes the volunteer trip every other summer for area teens.

Students from the Class of 2013 paint a shed in West Virginia for a family in need. The Parkside Church in Westwood, NJ, organizes the volunteer trip every other summer for area teens.

Jennifer Haveman

Jennifer Haveman

Students from the Class of 2013 paint a shed in West Virginia for a family in need. The Parkside Church in Westwood, NJ, organizes the volunteer trip every other summer for area teens.

Samantha Cepeda, Reporter

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Who would have thought that playing Bingo in Westwood, NJ, would help the needy down south? Proceeds from a recent bingo tournament at the Parkside Community Church will offset travel expenses for sixteen Emerson students who are helping rebuild homes for less fortunate people in West Virginia this summer. Jenna Cooper, a junior at EJSHS, is excited for the trip.

To be able to go and build homes for people in need and to know you’re making a difference is a really satisfying and a humble feeling,”

— Jenna Cooper

“Around this area, especially in Emerson, there’s not a lot of options to help people because we live in such a middle/upper class community,” Cooper said. “To be able to go and build homes for people in need and to know you’re making a difference is a really satisfying and a humble feeling.”

Another junior, Bryanna Tuccillo, thinks the trip will be a rewarding time.

“To travel with my friends and help the needy I think will be a very fun experience,” Tuccillo said. “I’ve never really done anything like this, but I’ve always wanted to do whatever I can to help … I also think it would really be a wake up call to how others are living beside us.”

A van will drive the Emerson students and other volunteers to West Virginia. The group will stay in the area from June 25 to July 1. They will paint houses, repair rooftops and plant flowers for needy families. Cooper said it won’t be all work. There are plans to go white water rafting, too.

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