Whippany Park High School: Teaching the Most Important Class of All

Gather a group of high school students, give them a cause to believe in and watch lots of good come about. That is the winning formula for Whippany Park High School’s student government, which has raised $16,000 for Goryeb Children’s Hospital since 2011.

“It’s easy for our kids to attach themselves to causes that involve helping other kids,” says Brian Palumbo, assistant principal.

The cash donations have been raised through walkathons, races and other fundraising activities, but it doesn’t stop there. An annual Angel Giving Tree, for example, has become a favorite tradition. Gifts purchased by students and faculty are delivered to patients at Goryeb just before Christmastime.

“When we draw parallels between our students and needs at the hospital, it helps them connect the dots and see where their time and service are going,” says Mr. Palumbo. 

Particularly helpful for students, too, are the mandatory classes (part of Whippany Park’s core curriculum) taught by every high school teacher at their campus on building character through service. 

“It’s great to see how it all comes together as part of our school’s culture and then takes on a life of its own,” says Mr. Palumbo.

Pictured (seated l-r) Elizabeth Werther, Kerry Grumka, Andrew Kuzemczak and Kelsey O’Connor (standing l-r) Brian D. Palumbo, assistant principal; Julia Nixon; Christopher N. Kelly, principal

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