2018

  • November

    NA’s Director of Community Service to serve on Madison’s Board of Education

    Director of Community Service Sarah Fischer has been elected to serve on the Board of Education in the Madison District of Morris County.
     
    “I firmly believe that we have a responsibility to give back to our communities and saw serving on the Board of Education as the best way I could leverage my skills for my community,” Sarah said. “I believed there needed to be someone on the Board that worked with students of district age and since I have been an educator for more than 15 years working in the classroom, as an administrator, and as a manager of educational non-profits, I felt I could lend my experience as we consider how to close achievement gaps and serve all students.”
     
    Sarah said she hopes to be a voice for those students who use special services.
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  • October

    NA Anatomy Club supports American Heart Association

    Several Newark Academy students, led by the Anatomy Club, recently supported the American Heart Association Heart Walk to fight heart disease and stroke.  On Sunday, October 21, roughly 3,000 supporters and survivors, along with several NA Students helped raise awareness at the 2018 Greater Northern NJ Heart Walk at South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange. The event raised over $356,000.
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  • Newark Academy Eighth Graders Learn to Become Ethical Leaders

    While the rest of NA’s student body was either on a field trip or taking the PSATs, the eighth grade spent the day on campus learning about ethical leadership. With the help of Director of Community Service Sarah Fischer and Director of Equity and Inclusion Gardy Guiteau, students took part in a morning of leadership and communication experiences, followed by an afternoon completing community service projects.

    Before breaking off in three groups for their service project of sending a care-package for those being held in immigration detention centers, students heard from a George William Forson from Ghana, who was held in a detention center in Newark for seven months before he was released last Thursday, October 11.

    Working with First Friends of NJ and NY, a nonprofit that upholds the inherent dignity the inherent dignity and humanity of detained immigrants and asylum seekers, and Sister Regina Holtz, students helped out with “stamp out despair” putting together folders for detainees that had paper, note cards greeting cards, Christmas cards, envelopes, stamps and a pen, along with a note from a student. “I can’t overvalue what you are doing this afternoon,” Gina told students.
     
     
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  • September

    NA Students Build Off Guatemala Service Trip

    After the impact of last year’s school trip to Guatemala as part of an Immersion Experience, Jack Snyder ’19 decided to organize a small trip to return this past summer.
     
    Along with two fellow NA students, Jack traveled to Guatemala independently of NA from July 28th to August 5th to continue their past work with the organization From Houses to Homes, building houses for the impoverished Guatemalan Community.
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  • New Committee-Based Community Service Council

    In an effort to streamline Newark Academy’s Community Service Program and provide more student leadership positions, Director of Community Service Sarah Fischer has implemented a new committee-based system to the Community Service Council as she enters her eighth year leading NA’s Community Service efforts.
     
    The Council is now be run by four committees – publicity, internal events, external events and education, and training and technology – that are responsible for planning and organizing specific parts of council business. Each committee has three or four members, the publicity committee must have a representative from each grade, and the training and technology committee must have at least one freshman.
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  • TYLER KUNG ’19 REPRESENTING NA COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM AT OVERLOOK FOUNDATION

    Newark Academy’s Community Service Program will once again be represented on Overlook Foundation’s Junior Board in a leadership position. Tyler Kung ’19 — a board member last year — will be a co-chair for the 2018-19 school year, and he hopes to pass on his joy for the program down to the next class.

    “I had a great experience last year,” Tyler said. “I learned a lot. I met a lot of great people and I want this year to have the same experiences of meeting people that are professionals in the field of science and medicine while helping others.”
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  • August

    NA Community Service Quick Facts for 2017-2018

    Last year students continue Newark Academy’s Community Service efforts both in the hallways of NA and the surrounding communities.
     
    By the numbers… 
    • 12,388 hours served by the Upper School 
    • 4 boxes of Cotton Candy mix used at the first Newark Academy & Apostles house family picnic 
    • $279 raised for the Community Foundation of the US Virgin Islands for Hurricane Relief 
    • 1 Ethical Leadership Service Day for the 8th grade 
    • 15+ Hungry, Hungry Human teams of four willing to raise money for Covenant House NJ 
    • 70 dog and cat toys made for animals rescued from the 2017 Hurricanes 
    • 1 giant canvas mural stretched and hung in a local elementary school 
    • $200 raised for the Covenant House Newark 
    • 40 puzzles made by the 8th grade and during NA Serves for children in local hospitals 
    • 35 families invited to the annual Holiday Party 
    • 6 Pop Up Service Events 
    • 6th Annual Spring into Service Series  
    • 13 Student Leaders on the Community Service Council 
    • 20+ Middle School Service Events
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  • February

    Cancer Awareness Club Hosts Toy Drive

    NA students in the Cancer Awareness Club are hosting a toy drive to support the Valerie Fund Children at Morristown Medical Center, Goryeb Children’s Hospital from February 26 – March 9 and need your help! They will be collecting new toys in the front foyer and the Middle School entrance. 
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  • Five days, 16 Causes, 17 Clubs, One Revolution

    NA empowers students to use their imaginations, explore possibilities, discover new passions and become contributing members of society. Every day, they find new ways to raise awareness about issues they care about and from February 5-9, the NA community will celebrate these revolutionary ways to inspire others to speak up and speak out during Revolution Week. Students will address an array of causes including modern-day slave labor, sexual assault, the role of art in social change, climate change, anti-Semitism and inaccuracies in the media, politics and LGBT issues, protecting national parks, and more. Events will include fundraisers, discussion groups, and movie screenings and will allow students to demonstrate the power they have as change makers. Click here for the full schedule. 
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  • January

    NA Serves: A Day on, Not a Day Off

    The Third Annual NA Serves will take place from January 6-21, 2018 and will celebrate both the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day of Service and the generosity of spirit demonstrated by the NA community. The Community Service Council and Middle School Community Service Club have organized a variety of service opportunities and events to serve many of the organizations we work with locally throughout the year, with a special focus on the impact of national disasters. Click here for a list of events. (All events are subject to change. Check the Community Service bulletin board for updates.)
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