SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Over the past two months, residents of South Plainfield may have noticed various lawn signs popping up on homes throughout the borough. 

The signs, which simply state ‘Dr. Lishak is Proud of Me’ and ‘Dr. Lishak Caught Me Doing Something Good,’ are part of a new initiative to recognize district students.

“I feel it is important for students to be recognized for their academic successes in the classroom,” Lishak told TAPinto South Plainfield. “I visit the schools often and I want the students to know that their hard work is being noticed.”

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Recognition, said the superintendent, is random and there is no set criteria; to date, students have been recognized for a musical presentation at Grant, a historical presentation at Riley School, a production of a Tiger TV segment at the high school, and oral presentations at Franklin, among other things. 

“When I go into a class and have the opportunity to see how hard a student has worked on a project or presentation, I feel that their hard work should be acknowledged,” the superintendent said. “It’s random and usually something that stands out academically or in the performing arts.”

Lishak said prior to delivering the signs, parents are notified and each student receives a handwritten note when they arrive home. Additionally, the respective teachers are also acknowledged. Her goal is for the initiative to run through the end of the current school year and pick up again in September. 

“It really is the opportunity to see how wonderful our students are and shine a spotlight on their accomplishments,” said Lishak.

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