Community Relations

North Plainfield Forum – North Plainfield (Somerset County)

The North Plainfield Forum brings together community leaders who represent businesses, civic organizations, police, the schools, social service entities and religious organizations, all for one purpose: To strengthen the North Plainfield community. The groups share information and, together, collaborate, coordinate, promote and encourage each other. The Forum meets the first Thursday of each month, and … Continued

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Kindergarten Summit – Somerville School District (Somerset County)

Preschool providers from throughout the Somerville area are invited each spring to discuss best practices, share Kindergarten expectations and articulate ideas during the district’s “Kindergarten Summit.” The program benefits early education for Somerville students, by bringing together their preschool providers. The session highlights effective components, as well as areas of weakness, in preschools. It also … Continued

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ECS Veterans’ Day Program – Eastampton School District (Burlington County)

The Eastampton Community School marks Veterans’ Day with an inter-generational experience and history lesson, rolled into one. Every year, during the week of Veterans’ Day, the school invites veterans from the community to share their stories with students, during inter-generational interviews. The veterans, spanning World War II through the Global War on Terror, and representing … Continued

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Natural Sciences Technology – Cape May County Technical School District

  At Cape May County Technical High School, students are learning by helping save ospreys. Working in an outdoor classroom of marsh and inland waterways, with biologists from the state Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife, students have helped gather essential information on the county’s osprey population. Students monitor a particular area of the salt … Continued

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Margate Schools’ Garden – Margate (Atlantic County)

At the Tighe School in Margate, students and their families are cultivating their knowledge about sustainability, and putting roots down in the community, by growing a vegetable garden. The garden was started in 2006 by a local restaurateur and community activist, and was awarded a grant by the New Jersey Agricultural Society. A group of … Continued

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Teen Advocacy Group (T.A.G.) – Boonton Town (Morris County)

Young people with disabilities often struggle to find an appropriate social group, either because their needs are too significant or the group is too advanced to meet these needs. The Teen Advocacy Group (T.A.G.) program provides a social group that is fun, while using innovative teaching techniques to enhance social and community-based skills. T.A.G. meetings … Continued

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Hornet Hive Community Project – Hamilton Township (Mercer County)

The Hornet Hive Community Project at Hamilton High School West is more than a program for special-needs students. It is an altruistic effort helping the Hamilton community. Each year, the Multiple Disabilities Life Skills Program at Hamilton High School West chooses a social organization that it partners with to “give back” to the community. Disabled … Continued

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Bankbridge Buddies – Gloucester County Special Services School District

Bankbridge Buddies teaches elementary students social skills, as well as the value of “giving back,” by reaching out to the community to serve residents of a nursing home. Started in 2007, the program involves fourth- through sixth-grade students at Bankbridge Elementary School, in Gloucester County, who have multiple and behavioral disabilities. Each month, students visit … Continued

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