ROXBURY, NJ - Victor Valverde, the owner of LaGratella Pizza Restaurant in Ledgewood is quick to praise most high schoolers, and not just those he hires. In a recent conversation, Valverde said he is continually impressed by the energy and good nature of kids he meets in Roxbury.

He's demonstrating his belief in young people by helping the Roxbury Girls Lacrosse Team raise some money. For every $30 spent by customers who bring in a special coupon, LaGratella will give the lacrosse players $5.

The fundraiser runs from now until May1. The deal applies only to food eaten at the restaurant, situated at 450 Route 10 West.

LaGratella is open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. It stays open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are noon to 9 p.m.