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On March 2, 2020, National Honor Society and Interact members participated in Read Across America Day with three and four year olds at Edward W. Kilpatrick School. 

Students holding picture books

Above: Shanai Dozier reads a story to Edward W. Kilpatrick students. 

Below: Advisers Melissa Wright (at right) and Alessandra M. Caple (at left) accompany HARP readers. 

Below: Principal Hoff of Edward W. Kilpatrick poses with HARP readers, advisers, and student journalists. 

Below: Principal White shared a special story with children at Calvary Baptist Church's Preschool.  

HARP Awareness Events Tracker list of past and current events

November 26, 2019 -- HARP Academy donated a whopping 899 lbs of nonperishable food items to CUMAC. The Gobble Up Hunger initiative was organized by the Interact Club.Students pose around pick-up truck after delivering collected food to CUMAC.

November 20, 2019 -- HARP Academy went to the movies! Students walked over to the downtown Fabian Cinema to watch the powerful story of Harriet Tubman on the big screen. HARP students and staff on a field trip to the downtown theatre to watch Harriet.HARP students and staff entering the Fabian Cinema.

November 2019 -- Mrs. Zaydel's Dental Assisting students hosted the Give Kids a Smile event for children at the Edward Kilpatrick School.

Dental Assisting studentsHARP Dental student talking with elementary studentHARP Dental student with elementary student

November 2019 -- For Veterans Day, HARP Academy Interactors spearheaded a service project. The school helped Sergeant Michael David Diederich celebrate his 102nd birthday by selling birthday cards with flags to staff and students. The cards were purchased for $1 and all 102 were hand delivered to Sergeant Diederich by Interact Adviser Kenneth Garrabrant. Happy 102nd Birthday Sergeant Diederich!HARP students who helped raise money in honor of Sergeant Diederich s 102nd birthday stand with flags. 


October 12, 2019 -- A group of twenty-five HARP students and staff made strides towards the cure for breast cancer by participating in The Race For The Cure walkathon at Met Life Stadium. 

25 staff and students at The Race for the Cure on Oct.12, 2019

October 11, 2019 -- HARP students, staff, and community members, in collaboration with Vitalant, came together for a blood drive at 5 Colt St. A one pint collection can save up to three lives! Please join us at our next blood drive in 2020. 

HARP students and staff donate blood to save lives


HARP students, staff, community give blood and fundraise to save lives

Seniors pictured here as well as many others were honored for their accomplishments and their community involvement. Congratulations, Class of 2019! Well done!

Students holding awards on stage

Families, Students, Teachers, Staff, and Awards Presenters were treated to a catered dinner after the event.

Self-serve catered meal after awards ceremony

Seven students were inducted into National Honor Society, June 2019. 

New inductees into National Honor Society

Seniors get a surprise on the dance floor: a light-up performer on stilts!

Dancing at Prom 2019

HARP Students and Staff join in the fight to end childhood poverty by wearing Red shirts and Red noses, raising dollars for Red Nose Day!

HARP Students and Staff wear Red to raise dollars to fight childhood hunger

These seniors are headed to William Paterson, Ramapo, The College of New Jersey, Seton Hall, Montclair State and Rutgers Newark! Seniors wearing their College shirts

Sophomores Aliyah, Shyan, Zeulina, Taheem, and Daehani participate in Passaic County's Teen Summit to spread the word about the dangers of substance abuse and to also bring awareness of mental health issues affecting teens. 

May and June are busy months for field trips! Here is one group of sophomores waiting for the bus after seeing sharks, hippos, turtles, and fish at Camden's Adventure Aquarium. 

HARP students posing while waiting for the bus

HARP students are participating in the HOSA-Future Health Professionals competition with multiple entries including this Public Service Announcement (tap to watch the video on YouTube):

HOSA PSA to inform of the dangers of cigarette smoking

HARP student groups participated in the regional competition for National History Day on March 9, 2019.  

National History Day participants
HARP students holding ribbons for qualifying for State level History Day 

Nuzha, Jazmin, Jose, and Tania are State Qualifiers with their project "Flight from Castro's Shadow" for National History Day. Other projects researched and exhibited by HARP students at the event include "Larry Doby: Hero Out of the Shadow," "Lady Martyr: Inez Milholland and Women Sufferage," and "Testimony & Conviction: Black Women, Sexual Assault, and the Civil Rights Movement." 

National History Day participants
National History Day participants
National History Day participants
National History Day Participants

Congratulations to all those who participated in primary and secondary historical research to tell these important stories.  Thank you to Ms. Opromollo for sharing her passion, expertise, and guidance! 

Healthy snacks for a healthy heart

Ms. Williamson's (Rutgers Dual Enrollment) Fundamentals of Health and Wellness students presented recipes for healthy, delicious snacks for Healthy Heart Month.  Emanuel, Nicole, and Lari created a video to show viewers how to make an Avocucumberlicious snack.  Gulianna and Luisaura put together a slideshow to share the recipe and nutritional benefits of a Tropical Immunity Acai Bowl. 

HARP students and staff walk for breast Cancer research

HARP participates in Walk for Breast Cancer Research

52 students and 6 staff members made strides against breast cancer at the 16th annual Breast Cancer Awareness walk at New Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park, NJ. 

Ten Join NHS at HARP

Ten Academy of Health Science (HARP) sophomores, juniors, and seniors were inducted recently into the prestigious National Honor Society (NHS). The 10 inductees met all the requirements with grade point averages of at least 3.25 and 100 community service hours. The beautiful dual language (English and Spanish), student-led ceremony was planned by advisers, Melissa Wright and Maria Yoplac. Interact Club students served as hosts. Following the ceremony,

75 parents, faculty members and students enjoyed a catered dinner reception. Principal K.A. White served as the keynote speaker and stressed the importance of scholarship, leadership, service and character. 


National Honor Society Inductees

Freshmen at The MET

HARP 9th graders were at the Met, the Museum, not the Opera, though they were singing high praises at the Michelangelo Exhibit on Friday, January 12th “There are so many beautiful things here!” was the most frequently repeated comment by students, and it was music to the ears of their history teacher-chaperones!


Students eagerly followed a focused itinerary in the form of a scavenger hunt, searching for the cultural representations of the historical content they have covered thus far in World History. But many of our future medical professionals found  themselves stuck on item one, enraptured by the exhibit of famed Renaissance Master Michelangelo Buonorotti, whose sculptures and sketches captured the anatomical accuracy and Renaissance techniques the era is best known for.


Freshmen at the MET