Stafford Leader

School News: Spirit of Giving Infuses Southern Projects

Dec 08, 2017

In honor of Veterans Day, the Storm Team at Southern Regional Middle School prepared letters and care packages for Southern Regional alumni deployed overseas. Students then composed letters thanking our military for their dedication and sacrifice for our country.  All of the team teachers helped prepare and ship the letters and care packages to three alumni currently serving overseas. 

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Middle School physical education students brought in over 800 canned goods for what has become an annual “I Can” workout. 

The workout, initiated in 2011, incorporates advocacy with fitness. Seventh and eighth grade students  brought in two cans each, some bringing in even more, to use as their hand weights in a daylong weight training workout.

As of 2017, middle school students and their families have generously donated close to 4,000 canned goods to charity as part of the initiative.

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October was Socktober in the Southern Regional School District, during which students donate new socks of all shape, size and color to those who are less fortunate.

Through this fundraiser, students learn that socks are the most needed but least donated article of clothing in homeless shelters. Last October, Southern Regional donated 2,595 pairs of socks. This October, Southern collected a total of 4,066 pairs of socks. They will be given to multiple shelters and families who need them most, including Interfaith Hospitality of Ocean County, Ocean County’s Harbor House, Adelaide’s Place, St. Mary’s Church, St. Francis Church and Fort Dix military base. 

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Southern Regional Alumni News:

Wrestling alum Zach Wilhelm (Stevens Institute of Technology) won the 2017 Ithaca Invitational in Providence, R.I., on Nov. 4. Wilhelm also helped the Ducks capture the team title at the invitational.

Alum Nick Nocco, captain of the Rowan University Men’s Cross Country team,  placed 41st in the NCAA Atlantic Regional meet on Nov. 11. Nocca helped lead Rowan to the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship on Oct. 28, placing ninth overall in the conference meet.

Cross country and track alum Kaitlyn Mooney won the NCAA Division III New England region on Nov. 11. 

Football alum Zach Weidenhof is a member of the Massachusetts Maritime Football team that won the 2017 Cranberry Bowl over Bridgewater State University on Nov. 11.

Football alum Ryan Bakker is a member of the Del Val College Football team that defeated Widener on Nov. 11, clinching the MAC Conference Championship for the 2017 season.

Girls volleyball alum Alexa Cacacie was named first team All North Atlantic Conference Women’s Volleyball for Maine Maritime Academy during the 2017 season. She was also named the 2017 North Atlantic Conference Women’s Volleyball Player of the Year.



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