School Board Appreciation Month in Toms River
January was school board recognition month and the Toms River Regional School District took time to thank the volunteer board members who have taken up the task of dealing with the enormous job of governing the school district. Student representatives from each of Toms River’s high schools handed board members a certificate of appreciation for their outstanding contribution to the community at the January 17th school board meeting.
In New Jersey, school board seats are occupied by unpaid volunteers through a school board election each April. It is often a thankless job, but a job that needs to be done. In January, the Toms River Regional School District said “Thank You” to their elected volunteers.
The board, in turn recognized High School South students Kyle Varley, Patrick Varley and Stephanie Toal (Bottom Photo) for their outstanding community service during a winter coat drive project. The trio coordinated the benefit in which they received 153 coats donated by the residents of Pine Beach to distribute to families in need throughout Ocean County via the Jersey Cares collection center in Toms River. “The coat drive proved to be a huge success by their efforts and the town’s support.” the district stated.
The board also recognized High School South student Zachary King (Right Top) for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. The board commended King’s dedication to the scouting program and the community.
The school board also recognized Dana Jedziniak (Right Bottom), of Toms River South for initiating a collection to provide a Christmas to a friend at High School South who fell ill with a brain tumor. She organized her family and contacted other school clubs and raised over $5,000. The family received gifts for Christmas and paid expenses for food and travel to the hospital for treatments. “Dana’s efforts and those who helped her show outstanding humanitarian service to another in need.” the board said in statement.
Photos Courtesy of TR Schools.