PATERSON, NJ  – A fundraising effort by the Paterson Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. and supported by 14 churches across the city has netted $11,871 for Paterson Public Schools’ efforts to purchase Chromebooks for district students.The Paterson United Pastor's Council, Unity of the Spirit Interdenominational, and the Paterson Pastors Workshop/Clergy On Fire, as well as Rev. Betty Montgomery also participated in the effort.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic led to school buildings being closed, thousands of our students were stuck at home without devices. We put the call for help in raising resources to get students the devices they need,” Superintendent of Schools Eileen Shafer said. “We are extremely grateful to Rev. Clayton and the Paterson Branch of the NAACP who responded to our call by leading this effort to put Chromebooks in the hands of more Paterson students, and to the many leaders of Paterson’s churches and organizations who gave their financial support of this effort.”

“Each of us has a choice when students are in need. We can wait and hope that someone will come along and solve the problem for us, or we can take action and do everything we can to provide our young people what they need to keep their education moving forward,” said Reverend Clayton. “I thank the members of the Paterson Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. and the leaders of the churches and organizations in Paterson for joining together and taking action for the sake of our young people.”

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The churches and organizations that supported this fundraising effort are: 


  • Canaan Baptist Church, Rev. Barry L. Graham, Pastor
  • St. Luke Baptist Church, Rev. Kenneth D.R. Clayton, Pastor
  • Seminary Baptist Church, Rev. Alfred Steele
  •  Greater Bibleway Church of Christ, Rev. Pamela Samuels, Pastor
  •  Christ Covenant Church, Rev. Jason Moody, Pastor
  •  KOINONIA and Christian Ministries, Rev. N. Princess Curry, Pastor
  •  Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Betty Montgomery, Pastor
  •  Grace of God Church. Rev. Milena Eason, Pastor
  •  Friendship Baptist Church, Rev. Janel York, Pastor
  •  Christian Fellowship Center and Outreach Ministries, Rev. Joel Rudolph, Pastor
  •  Grace and Restoration Fellowship, Rev. Jerry Wilder, Pastor
  •  First AME Zion Church, Rev. Dr. Douglas Maven, Pastor
  •  Life Changing Word Church International, Rev. William Cash, Pastor
  •  Solid Rock Baptist Church, Rev. Bennett Johnson, III, Pastor



  • Paterson Branch NAACP, Kenneth D.R. Clayton, President
  •  Paterson United Pastor's Council, Rev. James Kuykendall, President
  •  Unity of the Spirit Interdenominational Fellowship, Rev. Joel Rudolph, Presiding Prelate
  •  Paterson Pastors Workshop/Clergy On Fire, Rev. Michael McDuffie, President



  • Rev. Betty Montgomery

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