[Newark, NJ – January 17, 2017] Camden Street School and HOPE worldwide hosted the 5th annual Day of Service with a Health and Wellness Fair in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. More than 300 community members attended and participated in a variety of community service-related activities such as donating blood, a read-a-thon and book giveaway, and beautifying the community through mural paintings.
“The Camden Street School Day of Service has brought parents, students and individuals together for the last five years to honor Dr. King’s vision to create equal opportunities for everyone and build a stronger community,” said Superintendent Christopher D. Cerf of Newark Public Schools. “Participating in a day of service and offering important health and wellness services to our community members is a great way to honor Dr. King’s legacy, and I am so proud of the Camden Street School community for their efforts.”
Camden Street School also unveiled their brand new STEAM and Camden Care rooms in a special ribbon cutting ceremony. Jill Draper, president of Market Smith, presented Camden Street School with a check for $20,000 to support the school’s new STEAM and Camden Care rooms, which promote student wellness and science, technology, engineering, arts and math education.
“Camden Street School saw an excellent turnout at this year’s Day of Service and Health and Wellness Fair,” said Sam Garrison, Principal of Camden Street School. “Our students and families had a great day volunteering, learning about health and wellness and most importantly, answering Dr. King’s call to serve one another. I want to thank everyone who came together to make the 5th annual Day of Service a success. I especially want to thank HOPE worldwide for their generosity as well as over 80 volunteers who included: doctors, dentists, nurses, educators, engineers, computer specialists, college students, high school students and young Hope Scouts.”
Throughout the day, attendees enjoyed student performances, face painting, and arts and crafts activities. In addition to Newark Public Schools, the following organizations partnered to support the Health and Wellness Fair: HOPE worldwide, Marketsmith, Newark Police Department, Newark Fire Department, Rutgers University, Rutgers Medical School, Rutgers Dental School, Microsoft, BAEO, Walgreens, University Hospital, ShopRite, New Jersey Blood Services and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.