BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Eisenhower Intermediate School staff members Kristin Sarboukh and Constance Burck were the first recipients of the district’s Starfish Awards at the March 22 Board of Education meeting.

Interim superintendent Daniel Silvia said he hopes this award becomes a tradition.

“It is meant for staff that sometimes go unrecognized,” he said. “Often we don’t recognize the great things they do.”

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The award, Silvia said, is based on the story of a boy that saw hundreds of starfish on the beach and watched an older man throwing them back in the ocean. When the boy asked the old man why he was doing that when there were so many of them across the beach, he answered that someone had to do it.

The first award recipient was Sarboukh, who Silvia said was one of two people he saw at the recent chorus night at the Festival of the Arts.

“She was assisting students, and helping them participate in chorus,” Silvia said. “I wanted to recognize her for that.”

Burck, who received the second award is a Special Education assistant.

Silvia noted that the board was accepting Burck’s retirement at the same meeting.

"Thank you for your number of years of service to our kids,” he said.