Panthers Making a Difference in the Community
One of the defining characteristics of a strong community is its ability to come together in the most difficult of times. The pandemic has galvanized Ranney School’s students, families, and faculty to rise to the challenge presented by our current circumstances. A number of our students and parents have spearheaded efforts to support frontline workers and other essential organizations.
For example, Lovleen Virdi ’22 and Dr. Eileen Lin (Marcella ’25, Maxwell ‘27) raised funds in separate efforts to provide meals for those on the front lines while also supporting local restaurants. A team of sophomores (Jacqueline Belkin, Stevie Celler, Christopher Costanzo, Paris Huizenga, and Christina Uzzi) are also raising money to buy food from local restaurants to donate to frontline workers, as well as producing a video to celebrate healthcare professionals.
Student service club R.H.O.P.E., led by Sandy Wilderotter ‘21, started a corona lemon-lime challenge to raise money for No Kid Hungry. Another student-led service club, b.beyoutiful, which is led by Brielle Natenzon ‘21, Alyssa Lopez ‘21 and Reese Rotblat ‘21, collected food, clothing, and diapers through an Instagram Bing Board campaign and donated all of the supplies to Boyd House Women’s Shelter and the Ozanam Shelter, both located in Perth Amboy. The Zugel and Uzzi families have inspired other Ranney families to join them in an ongoing initiative to donate tuition credits issued by Ranney to Lunch Break and Ranney’s need-based financial aid program.
Separately, Ranney’s Medical Advisory Board appealed to the community to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to support medical professionals on the front lined\s treating COVID-19. The community responded enthusiastically. Notably, quite a few of our international families procured a significant portion of the collected PPE, resulting in a collection of over 1400 N95 masks and thousands of surgical masks and gloves. Ranney School’s Health, Athletic Training, and Science Departments also contributed boxes of gloves and masks.
Ranney distributed the masks and gloves to Ranney medical professionals who expressed a desperate need for these supplies. Recipients included emergency room doctors, the Visiting Nurses Association, and a busy COVID-19 testing facility. One grateful physician shared, “Know that all masks will be delivered to front line doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and support staff. Please relay our thanks to all the donors.”
Thank you to the following individuals and families for making this effort possible: Frank Yang ‘21, Hellen Chen (Tom ’20), Sang Cheng (Lydia Zheng Lin ’21), Yuxuan Hong ’25, Yao Li Xian (Xin Zheng ’22), and Wu Yan (SiQi Liu ’21).
There are still several hundred disposable surgical masks and a limited supply of gloves available, if you are in need, please contact Ranney School Development Director Kathleen Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. Collection of PPE supplies such as masks, gowns and face shields will continue. If you have supplies to donate, please contact email@example.com or feel free to bring the supplies to the front gate during school business hours.