LIVINGSTON, NJ – Livingston High School alumni can expect a welcome surprise in their e-mail inboxes come this June when the first issue of the “Alumni Lancer Insider” is expected to launch.
The concept for the new publication was presented at the April 11 Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) meeting by Marilyn Lehren, Manager of Communications and Community Outreach for Livingston Public Schools.
The idea for the newsletter is a byproduct of the collaboration between the LBOE’s Alternative Revenue Sources Committee, the Livingston Education Foundation (LEF) and the Livingston Public Schools’ administration.
The format will include features on alumni who come back to the Livingston Public Schools to share their personal stories with today’s students on the paths they’ve followed as their careers took shape and the challenges and successes they’ve experienced along the way. Additionally, each issue will highlight news about the Alumni Association as well as updates on LEF initiatives. Readers will have the opportunity to offer their feedback and suggestions via a dedicated e-mail address.
“This would all be done in a fast, bright e-mail format which would guide readers to the full stories which will appear on both the LPS and LEF web pages,” said Lehren.
Noting that both students and teachers learn a great deal from the alumni who pay homage to their roots by coming back to speak at the schools, Lehren pointed to a few of Livingston High School’s (LHS) more esteemed graduates who have recently made return visits to talk with students about their journeys and how the Livingston schools prepared them. Alumni included: Modern Family writer and executive producer, Danny Zuker; Broadway and film musical director, orchestrator and arranger, Stephen Oremus, who sang with LHS choral students; best-selling mystery writer, Harlan Coben, who read from his latest book at Heritage Middle School; Tony award-winning actress and singer, Nikki James, who brought her Tony with her to pass around to students who performed in the high school’s rendition of Hello, Dolly!; and New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, who declared his run for the Presidency in the high school’s old gymnasium last June.
Although the schedule for release is still being set to align with the school calendar, it is likely that “Alumni Lancer Insider” will be issued four times per year, including an issue that will be release around the time of the LEF Hall of Fame event and Homecoming Weekend, held each October.
Responding to the positive student and teacher feedback she’s received from in-person alumni visits and consistently high visitation on the LPS’ social media outlets, Lehren feels confident that the newsletter will be well received.
“People who grew up in Livingston like seeing photos of the special things that are happening in our schools,” she said.
LHS’ recently released Lip Dub video garnered more than 50,000 views on social media and a post on a giant blue ribbon created by Burnett Hill students and administrators to raise awareness on autism was viewed over 35,000 times.
“This visitation demonstrates that there’s an audience who will appreciate having a vehicle that tells these stories and gets sent directly to their inboxes,” said Lehren.
Lehren will promote the “Alumni Lancer Insider” through the LPS’ social media pages in order to increase circulation beyond the existing alumni e-mail database. Readers who would like to be sure they receive the newsletter when it launches can send their name and contact information (including e-mail address) to email@example.com.