October and November have certainly been extremely busy months for School Council.
At the beginning of November, Council’s planning and organizing for Career Day finally came to fruition as a successful and engaging event for all involved. Many students expressed their admiration of and interest in all of the professionals that came to speak to us.
The afternoon of Career Day went smoothly thanks to all of Council, but especially thanks to the Career Day Committee and to Rithvik Kondai ’16, who was the Chair. Many who were a part of the Committee stayed after school several times, even staying until 9:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before Career Day, just to ensure that our plans were solid.
Even after the success of Career Day, Council continued straight on to the Can Drive, an annual drive that took place before Thanksgiving. We are proud to uphold this annual Rutgers Prep tradition, delivering about 3,000 pounds of food to the Franklin Food Bank.
Immediately after Thanksgiving Break, we launched into the Toy Drive, which will continue on through the week before Winter Break.
At a time when most of us are relaxing and reconnecting with our families, many children are at the hospital, away from their family and the joyful spirit of the holiday season. Despite this, we can help them enjoy the holidays by donating toys and games.
We deliver the toys to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital, a part of the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. We encourage everyone to help out by bringing as many new, unopened toys as possible.
The hospital can accept any toys except for stuffed animals. Council will also be buying toys to be “bought” by students and teachers at the blackboard. Accordingly, even if students cannot get to the store, they can bring in money and buy from Council. Together we can bring holiday spirit and joy to dozens of children!
As our first semester winds down, Council is beginning plans for Winter Ball and Spirit Week in late winter. Winter Ball was discontinued four years ago, but we will host one this year since many want to attend.
The Winter Ball looks to be a semi-formal dance directed at underclassmen, who are not able to attend Prom.
Spirit Week is an event that we hope to make an annual Rutgers Prep tradition. The week is full of lots of fun themes, competitions, and performances. More details will come as Council continues to plan and receive feedback from the community.
RPS School Council is incredibly excited to have had such a strong first few months of administration and look forward to several more.