CLARK, NJ - No one will go hungry at Arthur L. Johnson High School home games, with food and drinks served up from the window of a new snack shack. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting was held before the school's football home-opener on Friday night.
Athletic Director Gus Kalikas organized the event, while Superintendent of Schools Edward Grande and ALJ Principal Richard Delmonaco performed the ribbon-cutting honors.
“It’s very meaningful to me because I think it’s the birth of the new snack shack that will probably be here for all of our lifetimes,” Grande said. “It’s going to be a great enhancement for the athletes, the families and ALJ fans in general, so I’m excited about it. It’s going to enhance our already strong Crusader spirit.”
Grande is a graduate of the high school, and the first Clark superintendent of schools to have spent his entire student and professional career within the district.
The snack shack is run primarily by the schools athletic parent booster club, led by members Scott Bohm, Melissa Purcell, and Elisa Cuccalo. Funds raised from sales at the stand are ultimately returned to the school's athletic programs, Kalikas said.
"The ALJ Athletic Booster Club would like to thank the Clark Board of Education for the new state-of- the- art snack shack," Bohm said. "The board's commitment to the students and athletes is and always has been its number one priority. Again the ALJ Athletic Booster Club expresses our deepest gratitude for allowing us to serve the student athletes of ALJ."