Annual Mountaineers Care Day Brings Smiles and Laughter
WEST ORANGE, NJ - Despite the inclement weather, the annual Mountaineers Care Day at West Orange High School on May 18 lit up the Tarnoff Cafeteria with smiles and laughter.
Mountaineers Care Day bring together the West Orange High School Mountaineer Mentors and special needs students for an afternoon of games and dancing. Special needs students are partnered with a mentor and placed into teams, where together they rotated through several modified sports and activity stations that included parachutes and balls, volleyball, and bowling.
Following the activity stations, a dance party brought everyone together, ending with a conga line that spread throughout the cafeteria.
The event was organized by Principal Hayden Moore, admin Debi Zarro, special needs teacher Jodi Goldstein, Steve Zichella, and St. Cloud PE teacher Greg Marchesi.
"This event is near and dear to my heart," said Moore, who began work in the West Orange school district as a Child Studies team member.
"I love the way all our students come together, make new friends, and enjoy time with one another," he stated.
"Judging by the smiles on everyone's faces, I'd say we had a great afternoon with all our Mountaineers," he concluded.
See the video below and all the photos from Mountaineers Care Day here.
Students with PE Supervisor Kevin Alvine, Greg Marchesi, Steve Zichella, Hayden Moore and Debi Zarro.
St. Cloud PE teacher Greg Marchesi with St. Cloud alumni.