Culjak gives back with the Community Service Club

As we’re in the midst of the holiday season, it’s time for all of us to consider how we can help the less fortunate members of our community. Whether it’s through donating food, toiletries, coats, socks, gloves or just donating time, service is a vital part of our community, and the WHS Community Service Club is an integral part of our school’s efforts to give back.

The club is currently under the supervision of Math Teacher Zorana Culjak. Culjak has been a beloved teacher at WHS for the past 22 years, 11 of which she has served as the adviser of the CSC.

As someone who came to America as a refugee, Culjak said that she “appreciated the United States as a country for giving [her] the opportunity to start a new life.” This perspective based on her experiences has given her an appreciation that she has found most people lack. Thankful for all that the United States has done for her, Culjak aims to give back to the country that took her in and allowed her to pursue her dreams and start a new life.

Culjak decided to become a teacher so that she could inspire and give back to America’s youth. She mentioned that after becoming a teacher she “wanted to show our students at WHS what it means to be caring about other people and how little effort it takes from us and what such a big impact that brings to the other side.”

According to Culjak, the CSC is constantly looking for more ways to help the people around Union County. While she acts as a point of guidance, she also depends on the 10 members of the leadership team to keep things running smoothly and ensure that the club’s outreach remains a significant part of the WHS community.

Students being at the forefront of service is very important to Culjak. She said, “Seniors are doing really strong work, but we also need to pick up some underclassmen, so the seniors will explain to them how the club is doing and working.” The club plans to continue to collaborate and create opportunities.

For those looking to do good deeds this holiday season, there is no need to worry as the CSC has several events planned. From Dec. 12-16, there will be a sock and glove drive. New socks and new or used gloves will be accepted and donated to the Bridges Outreach organization and St. Joseph Social Service Center. On Dec. 8, the club made holiday cards for senior citizens and will be distributing them on Dec.18 at Ashbrook Care & Rehabilitation Center in Scotch Plains.