Canstruction Project – Kans 4 Kids – Canstruction Project

Highlights –  Kans 4 Kids Civic Engagement Campaign

The Union County Student Training and Enrichment Program (UC STEP) program has kicked off! There were more than 100 students and others in attendance from 12 high schools across Union County including:

  • John E. Dwyer Technology Academy
  • Linden High School
  • David Brearley High School
  • Union County Vo Tech
  • Union Catholic Regional High School
  • Roselle Park High School
  • Rahway High School
  • Cranford High School
  • The Barack Obama Academy for Academic & Civic Development Charter School
  • Jonathan Dayton High School
  • UC Teams

Schools that are participating in but were unable to attend the kick off are:

  • Arthur L. Johnson High School
  • Governor Livingston High School
  • New Providence High School
  • St. Mary of the Assumption High School
  • Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

Attached is the “Canstruction” project that the students will be undertaking in addition to a food drive.  There are multiple facets to this project that involve additional bonus points: the food drive, the “canstruction” project, volunteer opportunities and a virtual food drive. The wrap up date is scheduled for April 29th at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside The school that wins the competition will receive the “ START NOW GRANT”

Union County Freeholders Linda Carter and Alexander Mirabella presented resolutions to members of Team Orange from the Union County Student Training and Enrichment Program (UC STEP) congratulating them on winning the Civic Engagement Challenge of 2016 UC STEP. They were joined by Union County Economic Development Director Amy Wagner and Deana Mesaros of the Department of Economic Development.

UC STEP was created to provide high school students the opportunity to develop a countywide community service around a topic they feel is important, while teaching them leadership and personal growth skills and responsibility within their communities.

A total of 195 sophomores and junior high school students from 21 high schools throughout Union County participated in the annual program, which took place in December 2016 at Kean University in Union.

Team Orange’s campaign “Kans for Kids” is a collection project that focuses on the gathering nutritious canned items that they turned into “canstruction.”  The final aspect of Kans 4 Kids will have the students work together to build a “canstructure” project. All proceeds benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Team Orange members attend the following high schools:  Arthur L. Johnson High School, Cranford High School, David Brearley High School, Governor Livingston High School, Linden High School, John E. Dwyer Technology Academy, Jonathan Dayton High School, Plainfield High School, New Providence High School, Rahway High School, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Union County TEAMS Charter School, Union County Vocational-Technical High School and the Barack Obama Academy for Academic & Civic Development.



“Kans 4 Kids” is a collection project that will focus on the collection of nutritious canned items that they will turn into “can-struction. “  The structure building competition will be the finale of the project as each school strives to have the best looking display.

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