H.P. Gives a Hoot
"HP Gives a Hoot" is a nonprofit fund created by the Borough of Highland Park to contribute to the wellbeing of our Highland Park students in need. Donations to the fund are used to provide lunches to these students when school is not in session and offer opportunities to ensure their success in school and the future. Since its inception in December 2015, we have supplied more than 450 lunches to children.
This fund has helped to send several children to our community day camp, so they will have a place to go during the summer. Additionally, over the past few years, the fund has sent more than 15 high school students to the YouthROOTS mentorship camp, where they learned self-esteem, diversity and how to combat bias and discrimination. Most recently "HP Gives a Hoot" has partnered with Highland Park Schools to create the "Peer to Peer Mentorship Program" which is designed to enhance the leadership skills of the mentors and partner them with incoming freshman to develop their academic, social and emotional growth.
This program began when Borough employees noticed a group of young children hanging outside Boro Hall last summer, with nothing to occupy their time, and no access to healthy lunches. We recognized the need to provide these children with healthy food and activities to help them grow and develop.
Nearly 38% of the students in Highland Park schools are on free or reduced lunch. The Borough feels a strong responsibility to assist these children in their growth and success. Through fundraisers, promotions and publicity, "HP Gives a Hoot" receives donations from residents and organizations. In order to maintain our ability to help our youth, we need to continuously solicit donations from residents. How Can I donate?
Interested in making a donation to help provide lunch for our H.P. Children? checks can be mailed or dropped off to Borough Hall (Communications Office), 221 South 5th Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904. Checks should be made out to "Borough of Highland Park" Memo line please write in HP Gives a Hoot.
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