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Community Service - #LCCSGivesBack

“Community” is not just a word in the LCCS name, it is truly part of our lifeblood. Our 8th grade students are required to perform 20 hours of community service in order to gradate, but throughout every year, students in all grades participate in a wide variety of community services projects. 



2nd Graders wrote letters to Veterans, showing their appreciation for their service all year round. We were thrilled to share them with Derek Farthing, Commander of the VFW NJ District 3 in Jersey City, who will share them with other members.

Commander Farthing is also a LCCS Alumni family and served on the school's board of trustees in our 2nd - 4th years. His daughter, Shaunte graduated in 2007. 

The House of Respect spent an afternoon cleaning trash from the gardens around the school. 

With a coin drive and bake sale, the LCCS community raised more than $3,000 to help people in Ukraine. The donation will go to the Ukrainian National Home in Jersey City. We also held a "Peace Walk" with more than 600 students. 

Students made kindness and friendship cards for local senior citizens around Valentine's Day. 


We held a school-wide food drive for a local pantry at the holidays.  

LCCS students made more than 200 thank you cards for pandemic heroes at Fall-A-Palooza, including cards that were handed out to health care workers at Jersey City Medical Center.

Members of National Junior Honor Society gave children glitter tattoos at the Hay-lo-Ween fall festival in Lincoln Park. 


5th Graders cleaned up Lincoln Park, planted flowers around the school, and painted flower pots for senior citizens. 

Our Student Council organized a bake sale to raise money to fight COVID in India. We raised $272! 

When we held a pre-Thanksgiving teacher wave party, the House of Independence also launched a food drive for the Sharing Place Food Pantry at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Jersey City. We collected more than 500 food items! 


After the Coronavirus pandemic, student council donated funds they had collected for an end-of-the-year celebration and bought meals for hospital workers. Staff collected for a similar meal drive, and students created signs of support that were created into a video. 

Our "Pennies for Penguins" Drive, by students in the House of Respect raised enough money to sponsor an Emperor Penguin and chick. 

After the tragic shootings in December 2019, students wore blue to honor Det. Seals, who was killed and wrote thank you notes to first responders. 


Students conducted a food drive during the Winter holidays. 

Students participated in Huddle for Heroes, making cards of Thanksgiving for people serving in the armed forces.

At Fall-A-Palooza participants created Kindness Rocks that were later handed out to senior centers and placed in local parks. 



We had the most participants in the 4th Annual Great Jersey City Clean Up with 130 people registered to beautify the neighborhood near our school. 


Paramus Bus Crash Response 

After a bus crash killed a student and a teacher from the East Brook Middle School in Paramus, New Jersey LCCS students responded with letters of well wishes. The effort was led by LCCS 1st Grade teacher Franni Russo, who grew up in Paramus and knows many in the community who were impacted. The school's choir, the Early Morning Singers also sent a video song message which you can see on our YouTube Channel, LCCSLive. 

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20 Runs for 20 years 

6th Grade Student Isabel R. decided she wanted to mark our 20th Anniversary by asking people to donate $20 if she did 20 ski runs in a day. She made her goal, raising $320 for LCCS! 

York Street Project/Liberty Humane Society 

All 8th Graders need to perform community service as part of graduation. This year students are raising money for York Street Project through bake sales, and soliciting donations for the Liberty Humane Society
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Angela Cares Feed the Seniors 

A dozen 5th Grade students worked with Assemblywoman Angela McKnight in her annual Thanksgiving Drive to package meals for area seniors. This year, Team Jaguar helped feed nearly 1,000 seniors! 

Christmas comes early for a child with cancer 

Students in several classes made Christmas cards for a young boy in Maine who has cancer and is celebrating early. 

Hurricane Harvey relief 

After hearing of the devastation from the late summer storms, student Aleyna K.
decided to do something and organized her peers into several bake sales
at the school, in Jersey City and NYC. They raised more than $1300 which was sent to an elementary school in Houston, Texas. 


Click here for video thank you from Mitchell Elementary School 

St. Jude Cancer Walk

For the second year, student Julissa B. organized a walk to raise money for childhood cancer research for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. They raised more than $400. 

American Cancer Society

Students and staff wore pink and raised $275 for the American Cancer Society's campaign against breast cancer. 


For the Thanksgiving holiday, a group of 4th Grade students, their parents and Ms. Gallagher worked with AngelaCARES, a non-profit founded by Assemblywoman Angela McKnight to package more than 1,000 holiday meals for senior citizens. 

5th Grade students brainstormed and conducted their own fundraising projects for
  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. They organized a bake sale, held a penny drive and a candy jar guess, they collected art supplies for children who are in the hospital, and organized a walk in Lincoln Park. 

A group of 4th - 6th Grade students gather weekly for the Early Morning Singers Club. They also perform at community events and to spread cheer, like at this local nursing home. 


In the Fall, a school-wide Coat Drive brought dozens of jackets, hats, mittens, gloves, boots and other winter wear to the Urban League of Hudson County.


In November, students in 5th Grade and PreK classes worked together for a Thanksgiving Food Drive, collecting food and spreading cheer to 15 families served by an Urban League program for teen and young mothers.


Every yeart he school organizes a Penny Drive, alternating between a local charity and one from around the world. This year students collected more than $1,500 for The York Street Project, a Jersey City based organization that provides food and shelter, education, day care, and counseling for economically disadvantaged women and children.

"The York Street Project was completely humbled and surprised to learn that we were the recipients of the Learning Community Charter School annual Penny Drive," says York Street Project Executive Director Susanne Byrne. "The road these families travel are not easy, however, at York Street Project, the education, housing, life-skills training and career counseling we provide will lead them on a more stable path towards independence. I love the idea of kids in the community helping other kids who live in their community, and we thank you for believing in the work that we do, and hope that you will continue on the journey with us in breaking the cycle of poverty."

In December, students sang carols to residents at the Hamilton Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.


The Liberty Humane Society
was also a beneficiary. In December, a group of students joined the Cantigas Choir to sing carols at the Grove Street PATH station, collecting $650 for the animal shelter. In March, students in 5th grade marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on behalf of the Liberty Humane Society, collecting about $100 in donations from parade-goers.

In February, a package of school and art supplies was delivered to a preschool center in Ecuador. The three LCCS preschool classes had collected the crayons, pencils and other items.

After the devastating earthquake in April in Nepal that killed more than 8,000 people, LCCS 4th grade students created a school store, selling pencils, erasers, and T-shirts to their peers. Students in Middle School teamed up with 5th grade students at our sister school, TECCS, for a friendly Capture the Flag game. Both events raised more than $730 for Doctors Without Borders.

sudanCommunity Service projects are also sometimes combined with curriculum. In the Spring, 5th grade students read the book A Long Walk to Water, a novel based on the true story of a Sudanese “Lost Boy,” displaced by civil war in that country in the 1980’s. Another former “Lost Boy,” Daniel Nyuk came to speak at the school to both students from 5th grade and our Middle School Model UN Club.  

As part of the study on Sudan, students then created their own charity and awareness campaigns about the ongoing troubles in that country. Some held bake sales, or hosted lemonade stands, others planted Sudanese-native vegetation in community gardens or hosted dinners with Sudanese foods. About $600 was raised for a variety of charities including The Red Cross and Water For South Sudan. 

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