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Ridgewood students get lesson on compassion, giving during service day

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RIDGEWOOD – Willard Elementary School held its second annual service day last week, allowing students to participate in volunteer activities while meeting and interacting with adult volunteers from various charitable programs.

The event was organized by the school’s teachers and Home and School Association (HSA), according to Principal Caroline Hoffman, who called it “a positive and meaningful experience for Willard.”

“It puts into practice the most-important lessons we strive to teach our children – kindness, compassion and giving of ourselves to help others,” Hoffman said. “To take a couple of hours off from what we usually do to teach this important lesson and talk about what’s really important is very worthwhile.”

The HSA introduced Service Day for the first time last year, according to Christine Chanley, HSA president.

“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the Willard community and, based on that success, we expanded this year to include five organizations,” she said.