The Egg Harbor Township High School’s Eagle Greenery students hosted a service learning project created to mark the first day of spring on Wednesday, March 20 as well as to raise money for the HERO Campaign.
The raffle and student contest raised $800 for the Hero Campaign, which promotes the use of designated drivers to reduce drunken-driving accidents.
The greenery students designed flower arrangements and let their personalities shine through their creations.
The variety of beautiful entries included SpongeBob, sports, ninjas, an ice-cream sundae, a birthday cupcake with a candle, Easter baskets and traditional flower bouquets in glass vases.
The faculty, staff, student body, parents and community members purchased tickets for 50 cents to cast a vote for their favorites and also to enter a chance to win that arrangement. The top three students won Wawa gift cards.
The project covered most of the New Jersey’s core curriculum standards, according to teacher Lori Butrus, who runs the Eagle Greenery.
“It included math, writing, research, technology, communication skills, fundraising, intergenerational involvement from the local community and even floral arranging and design,” she said.
Butrus said the success of the project was thrilling.
“I was amazed,” she said. “The day was better than I could have imagined. The relationship with the Village Grande at English Creek, a 55-year and older community, is so important to me and to the school. I am thrilled with opening the doors to the school to them.”
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