Making an Impact Locally and Globally

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The Port Jefferson Middle School National Junior Honor Society recently hosted a shoe drive for the Soles4Souls initiative.

Along with advisers English teacher Kayleen Everitt and special education teacher Christina Marino, the ambitious project resulted in collecting more than 120 pairs of shoes for the organization that serves people around the world by providing shoes and clothing in addition to helping to disrupt the cycle of poverty.

“Our students used community engagement to provide new opportunities for those in need while have a positive impact on the environment,” Ms. Marino said. “Their participation in the project is helping to nurture their future leadership skills.”

The school district commends all the students in the NJHS for their outstanding efforts: Frank Andriani, Alexa Ayotte, Abbie Blake, Sophie Blumenthal, Peyton Broyles, Matthew Buonomo, Giancarlo Caltagirone, Dante Cangemi, Braeden Cesarski,Grace Chambers, Kasey Cobb, Brady DeWitt, Samantha DiCarlo, Luke Dickhuth, Eric Friedman, Teppei Fukuto, Nicolina Giannola, Lola Idir, Mano Idir, Jenna Jacobs, Maggie Johnston, Jack Keegan, Safiy Khan, Sooah Kwak, Connor Lioio, Christopher Mark, Kacey McGorry, Mia O'Connell, Daniel Owens, Benjamin Perez-Flesler, Riley Perrotta, Jonah Pflaster, Anthony Pipia, Ruby Ray, Anna Rebic, Matthew Riccobono, Olivia Schlegel, Tabitha Schully, Garrett Simko, Rishabh Singh, Jack Speidell, Ellery Tafuro, Ava Timpanaro, Sophia Wennerod, Ryan Whiffen, Amy Whitman and Gretchen Zimmerman.