West End School is nestled in the suburban community
of North Plainfield, New Jersey. At West End, we are
dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing community
where diversity is celebrated, mutual respect among
adults and children is practiced, and where parents and
caregivers are seen as valued partners in laying the
foundation for life-long learning.
The West End School Community is empowered to
create an exciting environment that is positive, diverse,
and conducive to lifelong learning. To achieve our vision
as a learning community, West End School is
•An atmosphere where empowerment extends to
children and adults in order to draw on each other's
•A positive learning environment dedicated to high
academic and social standards
•A commitment to foster positive self-esteem
•A dedication to the development of critical and
•A respect for individual and cultural diversity
To create this exciting environment for children, the school involves its children in a school-wide Character Education/Service Learning Program. We will be exploring The 7 Habits of Happy Kids from the Leader in Me program:
These will be studied through special projects, guest speakers, literature reviews, assemblies and with home involvement. Through this the children develop ethical decision-making skills and create a code of behavior that empowers them to change the world for the better, starting with themselves and then spreading to others. Our service project (part of our Character Education Program) has adopted The Smile Train Project.
The Smile Train mission is “to help children by providing free cleft surgery and related treatment for children who would otherwise never receive it. For as little as $250, we help give these children not just a new smile—but a second chance at life.
"With every cleft we repair, we restore a life. With every doctor we train, we help a community take one more step toward self-sufficiency. With every smile we deliver, we bring hope and dignity."
West End has delivered over 275 new smiles to children around the world through The Smile Train Project!
If you know of any child that has a cleft and needs help of any kind - in the U.S. or anywhere in the world for that matter - contact us at 1-877-KID SMILE or visit www.smiletrain.org and we will do everything we can to help."