By: Chris Kreitz
Just after eight period let out on Monday, four United States Marines adorned in full uniform entered the doors of Cranford High School. As students rushed by, the men and women were welcomed by Principal Dionisio and shown to the woods room where their arrival was anxiously awaited.
“It all began when we weren’t sure what to do with the recycled wood,” says Chorazak, the woods teacher and founder of the Toys for Tots program at Cranford High School. At the time, the Marines were visiting and suggested donating to the Toys for Tots organization. Chorazak and his students took advantage of the opportunity to give back to the community. From there, Woodshop classes taught by Mr. Chorazak began to shape cutting boards in the early mornings from September up until December. With the money that the group earned from selling the cutting boards to the public, a trip to the toy store was in order.
“This year we raised about $2,200,” boasts Chorazak. In previous years, the group has not raised nearly as much for the organization, “so this year was a great success.” However, it could not have been done without Michaela Mason, Joe Barlik, Mike Matystek, and Amy Jeans.
Thanks to Mr. Chorazak, Cranford High School has contributed to the Toys for Tots organization for over fourteen years. From the hard work and long hours of the students who work to construct the cutting boards to those generous enough to donate to the toy drive in the rotunda, our high school is honored to participate in such a rewarding program as well as impact the lives of children in need.