SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood PTA was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award for the second straight year this spring. The prestigious award is bestowed upon organizations that work hard serving both the school district and the community.
"The President's Volunteer Service Award is conferred upon organizations that have done an outstanding job of serving their community through hours of service and events to bring people together and strengthen the community bond and spirit," explained Spotswood PTA President Melissa Hallerman.
"For me personally, it was especially rewarding as I am finishing up my 12th and final year with the organization," Hallerman continued. "The PTA board members inspire me every day. I feed off of their commitment, energy and passion. I think it speaks volumes that we decided in mid-March when the world was turning upside down that we, as an organization, were not going to pack it in. We collectively decided we were still going to forge ahead in any way possible to connect our community and keep spirits high."
During the stay-at-home, the Spotswood PTA has organized numerous events including virtual tricky trays, book fairs and and plant sales in addition to virtual spirit weeks, Chalk-the-Walk activities and more. The PTA is active on their social media pages and include the community in events like their Bear and Egg Hunts. In the works is a Father's Day sale for the upcoming holiday honoring dads in June.
"I am so proud of the Spotswood PTA," Hallerman added.
In addition to Hallerman, the Spotswood PTA Board includes Eileen Rizzo, Jennifer Korneski, Courtney Williams, Kimberly Stephens, Mary Leaver, Lara Krefski, Tami McGeachy, Erika Levy, Jenalyn Engstrom, Crystal Millan, Helen Maldonado, Denise Spicuzzo, Diane Oster, Tracy Salvensen, Robyn Cristi, Jenny Kaczorowski, Cynthia Alongi, Dan Lennan, Elisa Rodriguez, Andrew Zaborney, Kimberly Melofchik, Annie DiRenzo and Julie Nell.
"During this pandemic, the Spotswood PTA continuously proved how much they care about the community and the families that live here by coming up with events that reach out to them virtually," said Rodriguez. "They kept themselves involved with the community and let them know they care. This is why I am so proud to be a member of this PTA."
Rodriguez is the Scholarship Chair for the Spotswood PTA.
"It is so fulfilling to help the school community and see the smiles of happiness, but to get recognized nationally with this honor two years in a row is really special," added Korneski.
Korneski is the Spotswood PTA Vice President for the Appleby School.
"One word to describe our PTA is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious because everything is possible, even the impossible when it comes to this organization," added Leaver.
Leaver is the orgnaization's Corresponding Secretary.
"They have shown that when the world turns upside down, the best thing to do is turn right along with it," Leaver continued. "Just when you think you realize there's nowhere to go, but up our PTA will take you there. With the PTA, we're on the brink of adventure for every student. We are one PTA and are one voice for our students!"