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SCVTHS students interact with military veterans and Gold Star families at the annual "An Attitude of Gratitude" event (left-right) SCVTHS students Sarah Strano of Branchburg,
Ari Carousso of Neshanic Station and Madison Weinberg of Hillsborough
visit with former Union County American Legion Commander John Blank
during the Attitude of Gratitude event. 


During the month of November, SCVTHS students and staff participated in several events which give back to the community.

On November 13th, students and staff welcomed over 20 US military veterans and five Gold Star Families to the high school’s sixth annual “An Attitude of Gratitude” event. Veterans in attendance were from various posts including the Connecticut Farms American Legion Post 35 and the VFW Kelly Post 2433 in Union, NJ. The veterans served in different branches of the military and in different wars.

Social Studies Instructor and Army Veteran Ed M. Graf organized the event to enable his students to interact with the veterans and Gold Star Families. “The event is great because the students benefit from the families and the families benefit from the students,” said Mr. Graf. “It’s wonderful to see the sharing, laughing, heartfelt memories and giving thanks that occurs,” he added.

In addition to the “An Attitude of Gratitude” event, SCVTHS continued a 20-year tradition by holding its Annual Holiday Food Drive and creating food baskets to support local families in need. Efforts for the drive were led by the SCVTHS SkillsUSA Chapter, Class Advisors, and Principal Diane Ziegler.

Twelve families in need were provided baskets filled with a complete Thanksgiving meal including a turkey, fresh pie created by the Culinary Arts students and the trimmings.

“Our annual Thanksgiving food drive really highlights the extended learning components embedded in our CTE programs. When students take an active role in giving to others, it truly provides them with more opportunities to learn and grow beyond the walls of our school,” said Principal Diane Ziegler.


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