FH: What are some of the lessons you learned at Far Hills that you carry with you today?
Ashley Russo '91: Far Hills taught me the importance of teamwork and collaboration. The foundation of each school year started with the Northern Experience (Grade 8 Adventure Trip) and set the tone for the entire year. These themes were built upon through science and art projects, sports teams, and musicals and deeply influenced my professional drive to create work environments that embody the Far Hills spirit.
In addition, Far Hill instills the importance of service to others and giving back to your community at a young age. I vividly remember volunteering at the Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families as our fifth-grade project. It was an unforgettable experience that influenced who I am today. Joe and I continue to serve our community through time and talent. We sit on several boards and committees trying to make a difference and support those in our community who are less fortunate or for causes we believe in and are passionate about. Most recently, we have been Co-Chairing the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley's (UWGLV) 2022 Campaign. I am grateful that Far Hills taught me the value of service; helping others can bring so much joy to life, and if everyone supported the communities they live and love, there would be endless possibilities.
One specific skill I learned at Far Hills was writing a five-paragraph essay. Mr. Scranton, former Head of the School, also taught sixth-grade English, and I was lucky enough to be in his class. His class was educationally the foundation of my interest in journalism and how I first learned to tell a story. To this day, it is the example I give when teaching young producers how to craft a story for TV or video. I hope Chuck is reading this and knows how influential he was and how grateful I am!
FH: How does it make you feel to cross paths with Far Hills students, alums, and families throughout your travels?
Ashley Russo '91: Staying in touch with my FHCDS friends, many of whom I see or speak to often, brings me a fantastic sense of happiness and peace. There is a common bond from our childhood through experiences like Mrs. Noling's musicals, the Ropes Course, and the Northern Experience that only we can fully appreciate. We are immediately transported to that time when we are together!