2016 Gift Of The Heart – Schalick High School
Woodbury, NJ June 27, 2016
For Immediate Release
The law firm of Hoffman DiMuzio has allocated close to a half a million dollars to its “Gift of the Heart” Community Service Scholarship Foundation. Forty-one graduating seniors from Gloucester & Salem County High Schools have been selected to receive a one thousand dollar scholarship for embodying the service ideals of the program. This week, the 2016 “Gift of the Heart” Hoffman DiMuzio Community Service Foundation recipients are from Schalick High School, Stefanie Williams and James Vega.
For Stefanie Williams, service to others has become a huge part of her life. She has committed herself to serving her community because of the enjoyment she gets from giving back. Stefanie enjoys mentoring younger students at Elmer Elementary School. In her junior year, she began working one on one with a student who was struggling socially as well as academically. Stefanie made a connection with her and looked forward to the end of the school day when she would meet with her student. Stefanie also assisted with the after-school program at Elmer Elementary School.
In addition to her mentoring, Stefanie also volunteered at Inspira Health Network and Twice Loved Treasure Thrift Store. The best part of volunteering at these two locations is the people Stefanie has met. She has been given many different responsibilities and always leaves feeling good that she volunteered. Additionally, Stefanie is president of Schalick’s National Honor Society Chapter as well as their Interact Club. She has been instrumental in helping to organize volunteer opportunities for her school. Great job, Stefanie!
James Vega is using his talents to make a lasting impression on his school and his community. He was instrumental in designing a video that demonstrates how to be respectful and how the decisions you make can affect your life. The video was shown throughout Schalick High School as well as younger students in the area. James made the video to motivate students how respect of others can positively impact their community.
In addition to creating a video, James has been a member of a diverse number of community organizations. As a member of The Way Youth Group of Elmer Presbyterian Church, he volunteers at a home of adults with special needs. James also leads a Sunday church service at his church. He is also a member of Schalick’s Interact Club that promotes student interaction with the community. James has helped with breakfast with the elderly along with a can food drive. He has also participated in events such as Relay for Life to benefit cancer patients and Christmas caroling. Way to go, James!
Congratulations are extended to Schalick High School students Stefanie Williams and James Vega as well as to their proud family and friends! Their community service to others exemplifies the true meaning of a Gift of the Heart!
Next week’s featured recipients will be from Woodstown High School.
Click here to read more about the Hoffman DiMuzio Gift Of The Heart Scholarship Foundation.
If you’d like to see the rest of the 2016 scholarship winners, click here.