Battle Hill school students hold Turkey Trot to raise money for St. Joseph's – NJ.com

On Monday, Nov. 13, Bernadette Murphy, a representative for St. Joseph’s Social Service Center, visited Battle Hill Elementary School in Union Township to inform students about the many programs the center runs year round.

“There was so much more that I didn’t know they did,” said Jessica Mongiovi, Student Council Advisor. The visit was used to kickoff Battle Hill’s latest fundraiser, a “Turkey Trot.”

After hearing about all the assistance St. Joseph’s provides to the community, students were encouraged to donate $2 to the cause.

Those who donated had their name written on a feather by Donna Carlyle, Battle Hill greeter, which was added to a school wide turkey.

Teachers jumped in to help too. They were invited to take part in a $10 donation dress down week and receive a Turkey Trot Hat to be worn the day of the main event. Phyllis Neshimka, physical education teacher, also choreographed a Turkey Trot dance to the song Jump On It for students to participate in. Sarah Norman, art teacher, had all students create a Turkey Trot hat.

On Tuesday, Nov. 21, third and fourth grade students filed out onto the field and lined up to await their peers. The rest of the student body followed soon after and began to walk laps around the field and the third and fourth grade students. Music played to encourage student interaction and would be interrupted periodically with a holiday themed dance, including Neshimka’s Turkey Trot and the Thanksgiving Hokey Pokey.

“Our goal with this particular fundraiser was help those in need as the holiday season was fast approaching,” said Student Council Advisor Alison Brehm, “with the overwhelming support of our Battle Hill Community, we did just that.”

The fundraiser was so successful it raised a total of $845 to be donated to St. Joseph’s Social Service Center. “Battle Hill’s donation will provide 700 meals to those in need this holiday season,” said Murphy.

Article written by Jessica Mongiovi

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