Cranford Education Association Raises More Than $4,600 for Hurricane Relief

The Board of Education heard two reports at last night's meeting. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Education Association recently adopted Ponderosa Elementary School in Spring, Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey Relief.

More than 200 families with students in the school were displaced by the powerful hurricane.

“It’s heartbreaking to see,” Rich Hurley, a teacher at Cranford High School who spearheaded the project, said. “Having been through it with Sandy, it’s our turn to help them out.”

Sign Up for E-News

Between the staff and faculty at Cranford High School, nearly $4,600 was raised in cash donations to be sent to nine individuals associated with the school.

“We hope to get all of the schools [in Cranford] on board and raise as much as we can,” Hurley, said at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting.

For those who wish to donate, Hurley will be collecting checks made out to the CEA Philanthropic Fund at CHS. The checks will be mailed to families in Texas.  

“Cranford is a very, very caring community and that extends beyond our schools,” Superintendent Scott Rubin said. “There’s a culture of giving and I’ve seen that ever since I’ve been here. People genuinely look out for one another.”

Additionally, two reports were presented at the meeting. The first, given by Kevin Deacon, Principal of Livingston Avenue School, highlighted Cranford Public Schools’ Achieve Program. Students in the Achieve program tested below grade level and worked with specific teachers to target basic reading and math programs.

To test the progress, Deacon used i-Ready, a diagnostic tool that measured the grade level for individual students. For reading, more than half of students who tested below grade level at the beginning of last year reached grade level or higher by the end of the school year, according to i-Ready data. The numbers were similar for math as well.

“We’re making the strides we need to make so students can reach growth level,” Deacon said. “The growth is absolutely amazing and it’s because of the teachers.”

The board agreed, commending the nine teachers at the elementary and middle school level for their hard work and dedication.

“It’s striking to see how many kids reached grade level,” board member Nicole Sherin Kessler said. “You’re really changing a kid’s trajectory here.”

The second report reviewed the HIB School Self-Assessment and Public Hearing on Violence and Vandalism. From January 2017 to June 2017, there were five incidents of violence and vandalism, which includes cased of HIB (Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying).

Overall, there was one case of HIB, one fight at Cranford High School, a vandalized garbage can at Bloomingdale Avenue School and two incidents of marijuana use.

“Last year we also had five, so we’re consistent,” Board administrator Robert J. Cafagno said.

The Board of Education will meet again on Monday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Cranford H.S. Athletes of the Week: Anna Horne & Phil Marotta

April 17, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ - Due to impressive performances as goalies for varsity lacrosse, Anna Horne and Phil Marotta are Cranford High School's Athletes of the Week.

Horne, a junior, has 408 career saves. Her current total for the season is 84 saves as she helped lead the Cougars to victory in games against Montville and Governor Livingston.

"I like the team dynamic of lacrosse," ...

Video: ‘Sandwichfest’ in Westfield this Weekend Will Benefit Local Charities

April 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Sunday, from noon until 4 p.m., head to The James Ward Mansion in Downtown Westfield to taste sandwiches from some of the area’s best-loved restaurants and vote for your favorites.

Proceeds from the event will go to Greta’s Run (benefiting people with special needs) and A Birthday Wish (benefiting children in foster care).

Participating restaurants ...

High Focus Centers Race for Wellness 5k at Nomahegan Park on June 2

April 20, 2018

SUMMIT, April 18, 2018 – High Focus Centers, New Jersey’s leading provider of outpatient mental health and addiction treatment, will host the Race for Wellness on Saturday, June 2 at 8 AM at Cranford’s Nomahegan Park.

High Focus Centers will donate 100% of proceeds from runner registration to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the ...

Cranford Police Blotter: DWI Arrest & More

April 17, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 04/10/2018 10:11 a.m.

North Avenue East and the Garden State Parkway 137 Exchange

Arrested: Manuel Ramos, 20, Newark

Arrested by: Ptl. Thomas ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, April 21, 9:30 AM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Westfield Area YMCA Camp Open House

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

"All About Owls" Nature Presentation with The ...

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, April 21, 1:30 PM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Free Aquatics Healthy Kids Day

Health & Wellness Sports

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse


MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

It must be election season in Garwood

April 17, 2018

It must be election season in Garwood, because we have the inevitable "spin" of Bruce Paterson making its appearance on the editorial page.  I will respond, point by point, with actual facts, to last week’s letter.  


Sara Todisco is an elected member of the so called “insider committee” elected every two years by registered Garwood Democrats ...