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Centenary Students Take the "Plunge" During College’s Community Service Day

Anthony Pare, a Centenary student from
Stewartsville, NJ, shared a humorous
moment with Matheny student
Mark O'Connell.

Every semester incoming students at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ, take part in a day-long community service project called the Community Plunge. The project is mandatory for all new students and offers them a selection of different sites at which they volunteer. This year’s Community Plunge was held on Monday, August 26, and  Matheny  was one of 18 different organizations that were included. 

Rebecca Raymond, a Centenary student
from Long Valley, NJ, and Matheny student
Mohamed El Yamany won the egg toss
competition. At right is Sean Bielefeldt,
Matheny director of recreation therapy.

The students spent the entire day participating in a variety of recreation therapy activities including relay races and adapted sports. Recreation therapy at Matheny provides students and patients with a variety of recreation opportunities and resources to improve their physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being. Volunteers to help out in recreation therapy activities are needed days, evenings and weekends. They can serve as recreation assistants, classroom aides, tutors or just friendly visitors. For more information, call Gail Cunningham, at (908) 234-0011, ext. 282; or email her at

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