HVCHS Class of 2022 helps keep HV businesses “Hopewell Strong”

The Hopewell Valley Central High School Class of 2022, along with our teacher advisors Ms. Dykty and Ms. Golkov, wanted to do something to help our community during COVID-19. Class officers Beth Hooks, Isabella Randazzo, Kyle Mason, Sofia Zangrilli, Mea Allex, Emilie Sawicki, and Christopher Sawicki held a sale of “Hopewell Strong” T-shirts, and relied on social media and a flyer for digital distribution to get the word out.  Aztek Graphics, a local printing company and small business, was able get the T-shirts printed using COVID-19 safety protocols. 

Mayor Joseph Lawver of Pennington met with us over Zoom to hear our thoughts about how to distribute the money raised (over $10,000). The class did not receive any profits from this fundraiser, as we decided to donate all the proceeds to almost 40 small businesses that generously donated to our class of 2022 fundraisers over the past two years.

The officers hand-delivered checks over the last few weeks, and the gratitude from each of the small businesses was overwhelming. Though we wish we could have helped more people and businesses in the community, we know we were able to make a few people smile with each delivery we made.

Submitted by Class of 2022 historians (and intrepid MercerMe sports reporters!) Christopher Sawicki and Emilie Sawicki

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  1. What a lovely group of young people! Such a heartwarming initiative. Between the book swap and this program I hope all of our residents are equally proud and appreciative of the generous spirit displayed by our neighbors during a very difficult time. They have chosen to be positive and open their arms to their communities. Thank you! Let’s all keep shopping and dining and supporting our local businesses (who pay taxes and provide jobs!)

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