MILLBURN, NJ - I want to send out Congratulations and Good Luck to our 11 Millburn  Odyssey of the Mind teams who are heading to the State Competition tomorrow at Ewing High School in Ewing, NJ. First and second place winners from the State competition will move on to compete at the World Finals at Michigan State University in May.

At the Skylands Regional Tournament in March, 18 teams from Millburn competed – three teams in Division 2 (Middle School Level) and 15 teams in Division 1 (Elementary Level) -- among 85 teams total.  In each of the 3 divisions, only 10 teams advance to the State Finals by placing 1st or 2nd in the competition. 

Millburn teams took nine of the 10 spots at the Division 1 Level, with six teams from Washington and three teams from Glenwood advancing to the next round of competition. Millburn Middle School has two teams advancing to the states, and the MMS Classics A team won the rare and highly prestigious Renatra Fusca Creativity Award.

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This Creativity Award is given to a team or individual who demonstrates outstanding creativity and embodies all that the Odyssey of the Mind program represents.

April is Autism Awareness Month. Activities this month represent an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.  Our students and staff commemorated World Autism Day on Tuesday, by wearing blue, sharing kindness and posing for some great photos. 

There are a variety of Autism Awareness activities around our schools during the month. Don’t miss:

  • 3rd Annual MHS Autism Awareness Baseball Game, Friday, April 12, 3:45 pm.  WEAR BLUE!
  • The seventh annual Short Hills House Tour Saturday, April 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m benefitting Millburn Township Special Services and Promoting Autism Awareness. For tickets go to Eventbrite/Short Hills House Tour, or for more information please contact the tour organizer, Melanie Rosenbaum at (973) 768-1818 or Melanie@RealShortHills.com.

We’ll continue to share upcoming events, and photos during Autism Awareness month.

Join the township for an inclusive Community Engagement Art Project Celebrating Diversity.  Transform a 35-inch wooden millwheel into a work of art representing your organization.  2 to 4 pm in Taylor Park.  

The community is invited to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday, April 11 at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills at 6:30 pm.   Two Holocaust survivors,  Fred Heyman and Norbert Bikales, will be sharing their incredible stories of survival, The event is open to the public, and all ages (6th grade and up) are welcome and encouraged to attend.