CEDAR GROVE, NJ –Cedar Grove Education Association (CGEA) president Chris Cannella presented the annual CGEA PRIDE program at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday.
CGEA PRIDE was formed in 2006-07 to promote the bonds between teachers, students, parents and the entire community. The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) provides funding for special activities that promote these bonds according to the CGEA.
In 1994, NJEA initiated PRIDE in Public Education, a campaign aimed at sharing the successes of New Jersey’s public schools and building community support and involvement. NJEA provides grants for all kinds of local and county community involvement projects.
“The PRIDE program tries to get the community, the teachers and the students together,” Cannella said. “It’s goal is to bring these groups together and highlight the great things that are going on in our public schools. “
This year the CGEA applied and received an $11,236.90 grant through the PRIDE program. The following is a list of events and programs that this money will be used to benefit :
- Cedar Grove Waves 9/11 Memorial Project: $500 sponsorship. The event runs from September 6-23. Volunteers will be needed from the 6th through the 10th to help set up. If you can volunteer contact David Schoner at DSchonerJR@aol.com.
- Meet & Greet: Community members will have a chance to interact with the new the Board members, Administration, as well as staff and take a tour of completed construction at CGHS. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.
- CGHS Yearbook: $225 full page sponsorship
- Foam Finger Night at CGHS Football Game: First 250 fans will receive a foam finger. Game date to be determined.
- CGHS Play and Musical: $250 sponsorship for Charlotte's Web (December) and the spring musical.
- Holiday Shopping Parents’ Night Out: North End and South End parents can come and have refreshments and snacks with staff, after that parents can leave their children with staff members for fun activities while parents can enjoy a “night out” to do holiday shopping. December date to be determined.
- Senior Citizen Dinner and a Show: Seniors will be invited to have a full dinner and a free preview of the high school musical.
- TREPS Marketplace: Donation of 300 tote bags for shoppers.
- Memorial Middle School Faculty/Student Challenge: Donation of pizza and snacks.
- Senior Citizen Prom: Food and decorations will be donated to help CGHS and MMS Peer Leaders who organize this event.