November 10, 2016 was the Hamilton High School Fall Community Breakfast. The theme of this breakfast was Embracing Community. Students and faculty joined together in the HHS media center for breakfast. While the HHS orchestra played, community members and HHS students conversed about relevant issues and got to know each other.
Following breakfast, Principal John Wilhelm began the event with a welcome speech. NJROTC member Olivia Caudill performed the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the Presentation of Colors by other NJROTC members.
ESL teacher, Danielle Schaaf, and HHS student, Megan Burtis, had the chance to talk before the featured speaker, Dr. Michael Reeves, Jr. Schaff spoke about the ESL programs HHS offers and how it brings students together. The ESL programs allow students and teachers from different cultures to embrace each other. Students in ESL classes have access to an ESL resource room to do homework and projects together. Besides academic assistance, ESL students are encouraged socially in the ESL program at HHS. At homecoming the students went to the parade and watch the homecoming game together.
Student Megan Burtis spoke about the ASTRA club at HHS. Burtis spoke about the projects ASTRA gives students in the community. As a member of ASTRA, students get to volunteer and give back to the community. Some projects they’re involved in are Cardboard City and Habitat for Humanity, where students get to build a house.
The featured speaker for the event, Dr. Michael Reeves Jr., spoke about the importance of coming together in our community. He challenges us to accept our differences and celebrate the diversity present in the Hamilton community.
All in all, the event was a highlight of the HHS school year.