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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2010


    December 2, 2010

    Mates Students Assist Local Food Pantry
    Jean Sullivian, December 2, 2010

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    MANAHAWKIN, NEW JERSEY- “This is the largest collection of food donations since we began this project three years ago,” commented Nick Lavrov, a senior at OCVTS Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) in Manahawkin. Nick is the President of the MATES Human Rights Club. “We worked really hard throughout the month on November to get the word out to students and they responded with a lot of donations.” The food donations will be sent to the food pantry at St. Mary’s Church in Barnegat.

    The mission of the Human Rights Club, which was established four years ago, is “to provide aid to various human rights organizations throughout the world,” said Nick. “Last year we raised over $1300 and this year we hope to top that.”

    Club Advisor and MATES History Teacher Chris Holland said, “The students help organizations such as the American Red Cross, Doctors without Borders and Amnesty International,” just to name a few.

    The Club tries to sponsor a fundraising event each month such as a flag football tournament, basketball tournament and bagels sales. In January, the Human Right Club will be collecting ‘gently used shoes’ to distributed to persons in need and in March they will collecting supplies for US troops overseas.

    Donations can be sent to MATES, care of Mr. C. Holland. For more information about Ocean County Vocational Technical School and MATES visit www.ocvts.org.

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