Ronald McDonald performed for Scouts

Ronald McDonald
performed for Scouts

Recently, grades pre-K through fourth at the St. Aloysius School in Jackson, and the students of Nellie Bennett Elementary School in Point Pleasant were treated to a performance by Ronald McDonald.

As a way of saying thanks to the Girl Scouts and their loyal supporters for collecting one million soda tabs (pop tops) to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald performed his "You’re A Star" show. The show stressed the importance of a "Can Do Attitude" in achieving one’s goals, while entertaining the children.

Monmouth County Junior Troop 633 of St. Aloysius School, in conjunction with Monmouth County Cadet Troop 181 of Point Pleasant have been collecting pop tops for the past two years, and have visited Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch to see firsthand the results of their efforts.

The money raised is used to provide the comforts of home to families of ill children, who use the facility as a home base while their loved one is hospitalized. The Scout troops initially began saving these pop tops when a fellow student, Pamela Mullen, succumbed to cancer.

Although the girls have reached their 1,000,000 pop-top goal, they will continue this service project and ask for the public’s ongoing support. To donate them, contact Troop leader Sally Smith at (732) 899-8400.

Three Jackson Scouts

attain rank of Eagle

Jonathan Vorwerk, David Reynolds and Paul Steudler, all of Jackson, received the rank of Eagle Scout during an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony held recently at the Jackson Mills Fire Company, Jackson.

Eagle Scout rank is obtained by a small percentage of those in Scouting. When working toward the rank of Eagle, the Scout must plan a service project helpful to the community.

Vorwerk and Steudler did separate projects for the Johnson Elementary School. Vorwerk’s project enhanced the children’s play area and Steudler designed and built picnic tables and benches. Reynolds developed and constructed wheelchair-accessible gardening tables for a senior assisted living community.

The Eagle Scouts are members of Boy Scout Troop 34, chartered by the Central Jersey Italian-American Club in Jackson.

Rider University names community scholars

This fall, 14 undergraduates at Rider University, Lawrenceville, have been named Community Scholars.

Among the returning Community Scholars was sophomore Melissa Borotto of Jackson, a communications major.

They join the seven others at Rider whose ongoing mission has been to reach out to those in greatest need in the local community.

Established a year ago, the Rider Community Scholars Corps is supported by the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation and the Corporation for National Service via AmeriCorps.

Selected based upon their commitment to working toward social justice, each student is serving the Greater Trenton area in various capacities to complete 300 hours of service and training throughout the calendar year.