Students at Y.A.L.E. School’s Cherry Hill campus showed that they are “Neighbors Who Care” by taking part in a unique program designed to help low income residents in the nearby community of Lindenwold. The effort is part of a service-learning initiative across the Y.A.L.E. School’s ten campus locations. The initiative is designed to teach character and compassion and strengthen the school’s connections to local communities.
Students collected food, clothing, and other items. The founder of “Neighbors Who Care,” Ms. Nadine Washington, was a long-time classroom teacher aide at Y.A.L.E. – affectionately known to students as “Ms. Na” – who recently retired. She is now using her free time to be even more actively engaged with the organization.
“The students participated in every phase of the endeavor, knowing their efforts would not only help their neighbors, but also support the work of a much-loved member of the Y.A.L.E. staff,” said Margaret Chapman, Assistant Director at Y.A.L.E. School’s Cherry Hill campus.
To celebrate the completion of the project, which took place over the course of several months, students planned and enjoyed their first-ever school dance. The Y.A.L.E. Cherry Hill PTO provided decorations and food.