Last night, South Orangetown Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society hosted its annual Souper Bowl and Students vs. Faculty Volleyball Game and raised $3,500 for Hi Tor Animal Care Center, Rockland County’s only refuge for neglected, abandoned and abused domestic and companion animals. “We’re excited to raise money for Hi Tor in memory of our beloved colleague Paul Doctor and give back to the community,” said NJHS Co-Advisor Jill Rutherford, noting that the events drew participation from Cottage Lane Elementary School students and teachers, as well.
Eighth-graders said that they felt a deep connection to the cause. “Our grade was the last that Mr. Doctor taught,” explains NJHS Co-President Ailish M. “And we love dogs and cats, too, and wanted to do something to help.”
NJHS members choose their charity of the year each fall and hold fundraisers throughout the year. But the Souper Bowl and Volleyball game are special. “Many of our events are in-school fundraisers, but this is open district-wide and many teachers and clubs in our school participate,” noted NJHS Co-President Matt Tobin. “I feel so lucky because we have so many opportunities to get involved with teachers and students who we may not see in our classes through clubs and events like this.”
In fact, dozens of SOMS and CLE faculty members, clubs and classes took part in the event. Technology students created wooden cornhole games; the Cooking, French and Italian Clubs made soups; art teachers and students made ceramic bowls; and, CLE and SOMS students, teachers, school counselors and administrators all took to the court for volleyball. “What I love about this event is that so many departments come together to make it happen,” said NJHS Co-Advisor Kristine Condon. “All of these people went above and beyond–they are amazing!”