SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Joyce Mehta, and incumbent running for reelection on the South Brunswick Board of Education, has received the endorsement of Vandana Aiyar the Chairwoman of the South Brunswick Commission on Women. Ms. Aiyar cites Joyce Mehta’s commitment to the community, her work on the commission, of which she serves as the recording secretary, and the initiatives she has sponsored in her public service.

            In an open letter of endorsement, Ms. Aiyar speaks of her personal relationship with Ms. Mehta on the commision and as a resident of South Brunswick. She also speaks highly of Ms. Mehta’s dedication to mental health awareness in schools and in the community.

            “I have known Ms. Mehta for more than 14 years and seen her positive impact on the South Brunswick community through various initiatives and organizations.” Ms. Aiyar’s letter reads “Ms. Joyce Mehta is currently a dedicated commissioner of the South Brunswick Commission On Women and has been instrumental in organizing and facilitating the Domestic Violence Awareness Event within the South Brunswick Community, and finding ways to empower young women in South Brunswick. “

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            In her letter, Ms. Aiyar speaks highly of Ms. Mehta’s work on the “No Homework Policy” and Homework Free Holidays, which forbade teachers to hand out homework assignments to students during holiday break as a means of limiting stress in students and promoting time with their families. This policy has affected nearly 9000 students in the South Brunswick School District, according to Ms. Aiyar's letter.

            Ms. Aiyar also mentions Ms. Mehta’s work in facilitating the “Race to Nowhere” sessions, where parents and students were invited to watch the documentary film that focuses on student’s stress levels in the current education system. This is in keeping with Ms. Mehta’s focus and dedication to mental health issues, according to Ms. Aiyar’s letter

            “Her passion for mental health issues has pioneered her work for the Mental Health Committee at South Brunswick High School and for The Municipal Alliance Commission Against Substance Abuse” Ms. Aiyar’s letter reads “Ms. Mehta led a group of dedicated parents to advocate for awareness about mental health and stress by interviewing parents, students and teachers”

            Other community initiatives mentioned in Ms. Aiyar’s endorsement letter include Ms. Mehta’s work on The Municipal Alliance Commission Against Substance Abuse. Ms. Mehta has focused her efforts to address the epidemic of vaping and e-cigarette use in public schools, which have contributed to an increase of student’s stress.

            Ms. Aiyar compliments Ms. Mehta’s commitment to her community both as a parent and as a public servant. She salutes her for the work she has done with multiple committees as she recommends that she be elected to the board. 

            “Last but not the least she is a devoted mother with two daughters who are part of the South Brunswick School district.” Ms. Aiyar’s letter concludes, “She has worn multiple hats including 13 years as a classroom parent, an active PTO member and parent chaperone. Her passion, commitment and dedication to our community remains steadfast for the benefit of every child in our district. “