Weekly roundup: Community service and national recognition

Also, Washington Township High School responds to bomb threat

Grooming the outside of Washington Township High School on Senior Service Day are seniors (from left) Brandon Cross, Seth Moses, Marco Primavera, Zach Armstrong and graphic design teacher Dale Biebel.

Washington Township High School hosted its 17th annual Senior Service Day, while Students In Action were awarded the title of “Top Ambassador School” in the nation for the school’s outstanding community service. SIA also hosted the annual “Township Makes the Cut” event, donated hair to create wigs, as well as shaving heads to support children and women battling cancer. Check out some of the top stories from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

Seniors leave their mark on Senior Service Day

Approximately 500 seniors dispersed throughout Washington Township on Friday to give back to the community and school district through acts of service for the high school’s annual Senior Service Day. Approximately 750 elementary students also did their part by creating handmade lanterns, sold to raise funds for five local children in need. Seniors were at more than 15 locations throughout Washington Township, including inside and outside almost every school in the district, the police department, fire department, Washington Lake Park and Cardinal Village.

Washington Township High School nationally recognized for outstanding community service

The Washington Township High School Students In Action club performed 144,493 hours of service this year, and raised more than $164,000 for charity and local community members in need. In doing so, the school was named the “Top Ambassador School” in the nation, recognized for community service and leadership efforts through the Jefferson Awards Foundation for the second consecutive year. Of the 43 SIA club members, freshmen Lauren Faustino, Alyssa Bollendorf and Alyssa Green, sophomore Diana Chan and seniors Ben Curwin and Ally Gracie will attend the annual Jefferson Awards national ceremonies in Washington, D.C. on June 22.

Senior Sarah Forsman is pictured holding her donated hair that will be used to created wigs for women battling cancer.

‘Township Makes the Cut’ donates hair for cancer patients

Washington Township High School’s Students In Action hosted the annual ‘Township Makes the Cut’ event on Friday, with a total of 42 participants either shaving their heads for the St. Baldrick Foundation, or donating at least eight inches of hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program. Of the participants, 25 cut their hair, with a requirement of no less than eight inches for Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program, to create wigs for cancer patients who have lost their hair. Seventeen attendees had their heads shaved by Robert Timmons, of Timmons Barber Shop, for the St. Baldricks Foundation, showing support for children battling cancer who have lost their hair.

Washington Township High School evacuated due to bomb threat

Washington Township High School was evacuated due to a reported bomb threat written on a bathroom wall Thursday afternoon. The high school received an all clear from law enforcement officials around 3:20 p.m., allowing students and staff to return to the building. The Washington Township Police are requesting any information regarding the threat. Contact Detective Fred Volpe directly at (856) 589–0330, ext.110.

Persistence and hard work pay off for RCGC graduate

On Thursday, May 18, Anthony Macandile was one of the 470 students to participate in RCGC’s 48th commencement ceremony, receiving his associate degree in psychology. During the ceremony, the Phi Theta Kappa honor student, along with five other students, was called to the stage to be recognized by RCGC President Frederick Keating. Macandile was the first Adult Center for Transition student to graduate with an associate degree from RCGC.