East in Action services community

George Perilstein ('09)/ Eastside News/ Features Editor

No cups, no snacks, no problem.

East in Action held their third meeting of the year today after school despite not having any cups to drink soda and lemonade.

Members of the club decorated signs for their two-day hot chocolate sale, which will be held on December 9 and 11 before school.

Last year, East in Action raised about 100 dollars selling Holiday-O-Grams. This year, the Holiday-O-Grams will be replaced by the hot chocolate sale.

“We thought it would be unique and not that hard to organize,” said Christine Cirillo (’10), East in Action Vice President.

The money from the hot chocolate sale will be used towards organizing the annual Legislative breakfast, which brings local politicians to East for a meeting aimed at bringing awareness to different illnesses.

“The goal of this year’s breakfast is to inform legislatures about some of these diseases,” said Shayna Golkow (’10), President of East in Action.

At last year’s breakfast, recently elected U.S. Congressman John Adler and New Jersey State Assemblyman Louis Greenwald were among several important politicians in attendance. The focus was Alzheimer’s disease and the event raised 1020 dollars.

East in Action has been involved in other events already this year.

“We do little things throughout the year also. The Alzheimer’s Memory Walk in October was a success,” said Golkow.

In May, Golkow plans to team up with the Environmental Club for a spring clean up. The two clubs will pick up trash in and around the school.

With such events, it comes as no surprise that participation in the club has nearly doubled since last year.

First year member Shana Honig (’09) said, “East in Action is great because it allows us to give back to the community by doing all sorts of fun fundraisers.”

Julia Susuni (’10), a returning member and recruitment chairperson, said, “It’s a lot of fun. You get to socialize with friends but at the same time find ways to help people.”

Cups or no cups, East in Action should be toasted for their service to the community.