PISCATAWAY, NJ – Next fall, students and athletes at Piscataway High School will have a new fitness center in which to train thanks to a generous donation from Investors Bank.
On Tuesday representatives from the bank presented Principal Jason Lester and Piscataway Schools Superintendent Teresa Rafferty with a check for $50,000. The donated funds were the result of talks that started over a year ago when the district began looking at ways to enhance the facility used by the high school’s physical education department and athletic strength and conditioning programs.
“This is a great public-private partnership to help the students here at Piscataway High School,” said Kevin Cummings, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Investors Bank. “It’s part of our core values of Character, Commitment, Community and Cooperation.”
“A big focus for Investors Bank is community involvement,” said Dan Eatman, the Piscataway branch manager for Investors Bank.
“Through our charitable organization we were able to process a grant to Piscataway Township Schools for them to use the funds to improve the weight room and other athletic facilities at the high school,” he said to TAPinto Piscataway.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the township and the students at Piscataway High School,” said Lester about the partnership with the bank. “We’re happy to have a multi-use space, but we need to enhance it.”
“As you can see we need to update the fitness room,” said the school district’s Athletic Director, Rob Harmer during a tour of the current facility. “The weights and everything we have are a little bit outdated.”
The high school’s administrators envision replacing the older equipment with modern, more efficient designs.
“The company we’re looking into did work for the Giants and the Jets,” said Harmer. He hopes to install “power-clean squat racks” in the current free-weight area “and along on the outside wall, we want cardio conditioning equipment and a new free-weight area.”
“Equipment upgrades will also include a field turf section to help out with the gym classes during the day, and also provide a rehabilitation space for injured athletes,” said Lester. “They will be able to train on a surface that’s conducive to their rehab.”
Modernizing the fitness room has been a concern for Piscataway High School students for some time.
“Definitely the condition of the athletic facilities was one of the big issues brought up over this year among other things,” said senior Julian Matos who represents the student body as President of the Principal’s Student Council.
Lester hopes to have a grand opening for the new fitness center sometime in September so all involved will have an opportunity to see it. “We’re going to work on it as quickly as possible."