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SCVTHS students deliver books to the Zufall Health Center in Somerville.

(l-r) Zufall Health employee and AmeriCorps member Matthew Cirillo stands with SCVTHS students Vanessa Wilkerson of South Bound Brook, Gia Barras of Manville and Ariel Smith of Franklin Park as they deliver books to the Zufall Health Center in Somerville


During the 2019-2020 school year, Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) senior and National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Vice President Brian Coletta proposed a vendor/craft show fundraiser. The National Technical Honor Society then partnered with the SCVTHS Senior Class and PTO to put the fundraiser into motion. Unfortunately, with 55 vendors already secured, the fundraiser had to be rescheduled and eventually cancelled because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

The vendors were then contacted so they could receive a refund of their registration fee, but some chose to instead donate their fee to the Senior Class and NTHS. Both organizations in turn decided to donate the funds. The Senior Class donated $125 to CureSearch for child cancer research and NTHS donated $125 to the Adult Day Care Center in Bridgewater. “Our hope is to hold the Vendor/Craft Show once the COVID-19 restrictions allow us to do so,” said NTHS Advisor Susan Santiago.

Additionally, students in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Club gathered and donated books during their Reach Out and Read Book Drive. “I'm delighted to announce that we managed to collect 206 children's books,” said HOSA Advisor and Health Occupations Instructor Kim Vasaturo. After the drive, the books were donated to the Zufall Health Center in Somerville. Physicians at the Center will distribute the books to children during their visit to help encourage reading at an early age.

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