Turkey Trot Fundraiser at Battle Hill Elementary School

Submitted by Jessica Mongiovi and Alison Brehm

Battle Hill Elementary School held a Turkey Trot fundraiser to support St. Joseph’s Social Service Center in Elizabeth.

The fourth grade Student Council Executive Board members visited each classroom and explained the purpose of the November fundraiser, where the donations would go, and how many people it would help. In addition to monetary donations, the Student Council Board asked the Battle Hill community to donate toiletries to help families in need during the holiday season.

On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, all students gathered on the playground, and paraded around to show off their turkey hats created in each of their classrooms. Phyllis Neshimka, physical education teacher, choreographed a dance for the Turkey Trot to get the students moving. Each student at Battle Hill created a feather, which was displayed in the front hallway of the school. Teachers were invited to take part in a dress down week for a $10 donation.

The fundraiser raised a total of $500 to be donated to St. Joseph’s Social Service Center in the form of ShopRite gift cards in addition to hundreds of toiletries. Bernadette Murphy, a representative of St. Joseph’s, came to Battle Hill on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, to thank the Student Council for their continued efforts. She also took the time to explain how many families in need the gift cards and toiletries would help.

(above, l-r) Back row: Bernadette Murphy, Gianna Marlin, Adriana Marques; Middle row: Vincenzo Carr, Isabela Caixero, Rachel Kwarteng, Landon Paco, Leyla Akin, Alexa Rivera, Angel Salcedo; Front row: Matthew Castro, Chiamaka Nwanonyiri, Lola Parades, and Douglas Callanan.