JROTC project

Students from the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps of Pleasantville High School marched as a platoon May 11 to Woodland Avenue Park in Pleasantville, where they picked up bottles and glass, swept the basketball courts and flipped the mulch. It was a community service project to benefit neighborhood children, organizers said.

For information on JROTC, contact Angelika M. Sims, Sergeant First Class, JROTC Instructor at 609-383-6900 ex 4107.

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Helping Alcove

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Hospitality Management students in the Events Planning and Catering Management class raised $2,500 for The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families in Northfield recently, with a dinner event organized by students and Professor Michael Scales.

Scales recently received The Widener University-Pennsylvania Military College Alumni Association 2012 Outstanding Alumnus Award, for community service. In addition to the Alcove fundraiser, which he has run for many years, he has created learning projects for students including Hospitality Helping the Homeless and A Taste for New Orleans, a dinner and auction that raised money for the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.

Running fundraiser

The Inaugural 2012 Atlantic City April Fools Half Marathon raised $2,911 for charitable organizations through a partnership with Crowdrise, a website created by actor and philanthropist Edward Norton. The official charities included the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Team Miller Foundation, Hope for Atlantic City and Parkinson's Research.

Funds were raised by individuals and groups in addition to the registration fees that benefit the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series, a division of the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center in Margate. For information call Race Director Genia Chapman 609-822-1167, Ext.118.

Sailing program

Just-Sailing, a non-profit group providing accessible sailing, environmental and maritime education, hosted ten children and teens with disabilities from The Arc of Atlantic County's Saturday Program for an afternoon of sailing and maritime education at Lake Lenape in Mays Landing, Hamilton Township, recently.

The Arc's five-hour Saturday Program program allows children to explore a variety of social and recreational activities on-site at The Arc or at locations throughout the community, with the help of support staff. For more information contact Kathi Lentz at 609-485-0800 ext. 164. For more information on Just-Sailing's programs visit just-sailing.org or call Executive Director Jessica Servis at 609-214-5176.

Bay clean-up

Southern Regional Middle School's 7th grade academic SURF and STORM teams cleaned up street ends that run into Barnegat Bay in Surf City May 9. It was part of this year's Barnegat Bay Blitz, a state Department of Environmental Protection initiative to clean up the bay and surrounding areas.

Middle School students traveled to Surf City and worked with local officials, members of the NJ DEP and the ReClam The Bay organization at five different areas. Then they traveled to the Surf City Fire House for an assembly about conservation of the Bay, organizers said.

AIDS benefit

The South Jersey AIDS Alliance will host its first Red Ticket 50/50 raffle at 6 p.m. on May 30, at its office at 19 Gordon's Alley, Atlantic City. Tickets cost $100 each, with a maximum of 1,000 tickets to be sold. If all tickets are sold, the winner will receive $50,000 and the nonprofit SJAA will raise the same amount to support its HIV prevention and education programs.

Tickets may be purchased up until 12 noon on May 30. Ticket stubs for late purchases will be held at the event waiting for those participants who purchase through the mail. Payment options of cash or check are accepted in order to get into the drawing. For more information visit sjaids.org or call 856-293- 7335.

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