This holiday season Amity Middle School in Orange banded together to say “thank you” to veterans as part of the school’s character building program. The students, staff, and families sent in various items that were put into stockings and delivered to the V.A. Hospital in West Haven.
Janine Arents, a seventh grade science teacher at Amity Middle School in Orange, has run this drive every year since its beginning in collaboration with the community group, SoHuNewHaven.org. This year was the first year that Miss Arents and a dedicated group of Team X students collected, organized, filled, and delivered the stockings to the VA Hospital in West Haven right before Christmas. This year was the most successful yet with the students, families, and staff of Amity Middle School in Orange donating over 1,500 items that went into 50 stockings!!!!! The outpouring of support from the school community was uplifting to all involved. These stockings helped make many veterans’ holiday seasons better. The stockings from Amity Middle School in Orange, combined with the stockings from SoHuNewHaven.org, resulted in over 358 stockings being filled with donations!
Miss Arents would like to thank the students, families, and staff at Amity Middle School in Orange, Lisa Siedlarz, Vittoria Fielosh, and the VA in West Haven for all of their generous support for this worthwhile community endeavor.
Photo 1: Back row left to right: Hunter Kindle, Hannah Johnson, Mohammad Sulfiqar, Noah Grauer. Center row left to right: Faith Bernier, Cindy Chen, Emma Hatjopoulou, Ivy Zheng, Kayley Mingione. Front row left to right: Kyheem Moore-Horton, Jo-Leigh Gotay-Rosario, Nayana Wright. (photograph taken by Janine Arents)
Photo 2: Back row left to right: Matthew Carloni, Faith Bernier, Ivy Zheng. Middle row left to right: Madeline Abdelmesih Joseph Nucifora, Julianna Tran. Front row left to right: Mohammad Zulfiqar, Kayley Mingione, Cindy Chen (photograph taken by Janine Arents)