Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hoboken Charter School- water for Haiti/MLK day

The article below recently appeared in the "Hoboken Patch" newspaper. Mr. S.K. Duff, a teacher at Hoboken Charter School is no stranger to H2O for Life. He and his school have participated for the past 2 years with H2O for Life, raising funds for a school in Kenya last year, and have recently completed fund-raising for a school in Uganda. Hoboken School under the leadership of Mr. Duff, the rest of the wonderful staff, and students takes service learning seriously. They strive to make a difference in many ways in their local community and their global world. Many schools around the country are "digging deep for water" for Haiti, and are also continuing to support chosen projects for other schools in need of water supported by H2O for Life. There is much to be done, but together we can all make our world a wonderful place for EVERYONE!
Please support the efforts in Haiti, but don't lose sight of the fact that there are many schools around the world desperate for water. You can help be the solution!

Editor Claire Moses: clairem@patch.com

Hoboken Community Gathers for MLK Celebration

The event was organized by the Hoboken Charter School, but involved many organizations in the community
By Claire Moses

The students of the Mustard Seed School perform during Monday's celebration of Martin Luther King Day in Hoboken.

All Saints Episcopal Church was jam packed yesterday, as the Hoboken Community celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King during its annual Sing Out For Justice concert.
Hundreds of parents and involved community members attended to listen to the children of the Mustard Seed School, Hoboken Charter School and individual performers.

"We're embracing the diversity of the community in honor of Martin Luther King," said
S.K. Duff, director of service learning at the Hoboken Charter School.
All the proceeds — Starbucks coffee, coffee cake and cookies, and cover charge — went to relief efforts for Haiti. Around 6 p.m. last night, more than $700 was raised.

"This year has a special meaning," said Hoboken Charter High School Principal Ria Grosvenor, "reiterated by the tragedy in Haiti."

Those who attended the concert, which started promptly at 4 p.m. and lasted more than two hours, said this one was the most energetic one to date.
On Friday Hoboken Charter School organized the annual Martin Luther King Day march on Washington Street. This concert formed as the crown on the school's efforts to educate its students on civil rights, community service and diversity, said Duff.
Duff delivered a speech, students from the Mustard Seed School joined in with students from Hoboken Charter School and performed the entrance procession, singing "Sweet Chariot."
Other songs performed were "A Change is Gonna Come," "Heavenly Day," and "I Shall Be Released."

On the sides of the church, which was too crowded to move around in, were tables showcasing the students' work and tables where kids could do activities.

Councilman-at-Large David Mello attended with his wife and daughter.
"I just thought I'd check it out," he said. "It's great."
Members of the Hoboken clergy were also in attendance. Rabbi Robert Scheinberg of the United Hoboken Synagogue stopped by, as well as Reverend Geoffrey Curtiss, president of the All Saints Community and Service Development Corporation.

The constant buzz of playing kids and chatting parents did not make most forget the reason why they came to the event — to celebrate civil rights and a diverse community.
"It's a nice way to celebrate what Dr. Martin Luther King stood for on a complete community level," prinicpal Grosvenor said.

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