PHS Italian Club sells key rings to raise funds

Members of the PHS Italian Club with Mrs. Joan Mooney. Mrs. Mooney has been making the key rings the club has sold over 300 to raise funds. Pictured above are Aarin Feliz, Joseph Zolla, Matt Tomaro, Samantha Pignatelli, Kristina Berrios, Niknil Jiju, and Italian teacher Angela Minichiello-Garcia and student teacher George Clark.

Parsippany High School Junior Joseph Zolla’s grandmother, Joan Mooney, has been working hard on one of her hobbies, sewing. She is behind the screens of one of the fundraisers the students of Parsippany High School Italian Club.  Mooney, already hand sewed over 300 red, green and white key rings.

The Club has sold everyone of them and Mrs. Mooney keeps making more in her spare time.

Mrs. Mooney said “she enjoys sewing and has been sewing since she was a little girl. She has sewed and made other items that sold, like rabbits, penguins and dolls.  She starts her day by cleaning her house, then she sits in the front of the television and starts sewing until she is ready for bed at night.”

The club has donated 100% of the proceeds from the sales of the “Italian Flag” colored key rings to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Parsippany Food Pantry, The Valerie Fund and Kutz for Kaitlyn,  (Kaitlyn Okolita, is a 12 year old Hanover Township resident, who was recently diagnosed with a rare form of Brain Cancer.)

Senior Matthew Tomaro said “it’s something he enjoys selling. It’s a tangible product and very a personal item. It was rewarding selling the key rings.”

When you walk the halls of PHS you will see students proudly displaying the key rings on their book bags, clothing, everywhere…they are proud of the heritage, even if they aren’t Italian.  The Italian Club is headed by teacher Angela Minichiello-Garcia and student teacher George Clark.