Point Pleasant Foundation for Excellence in Education funds Boro High School Media Center upgrades
Since 1997, the Point Pleasant Foundation for Excellence in Education has established a tradition of providing support for various endeavors within Point Pleasant Borough Schools. Over the past 18 years, the Foundation, in cooperation with the Superintendent’s Office, has sought to identify high priority opportunities within the schools that are in need of financial support. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $360,000 to the Point Pleasant Borough School District in the form of Student Leadership Grants and Scholarships, Teacher Grants, new technologies, and new equipment.
The Foundation has also provided financial support for Point Pleasant Borough High School’s Just Around the Corner school store, a vocational training center for students with multiple disabilities, as well as for Point Pleasant Borough Schools’ Summer Reading Program, providing funds to purchase grand prizes for all eight years since the program’s 2008 inception. The Foundation also oversees Point Pleasant Borough Schools’ Hall of Fame, an initiative that honors exceptional teachers, students, alumni and community members who have made a positive impact on or who have bequeathed a positive legacy to the Point Pleasant Borough School District. READ MORE >>
Memorial School students take top honors in first Annual Kidsbridge Youth Competition
Although it cannot currently be found in any published American dictionaries, the term ‘upstander’ has been assimilated over the past few years into the common vernacular in the nation’s elementary, middle and high schools. Most commonly associated with the anti-bullying movement, the word upstander is used to describe someone who recognizes when something is wrong and acts to make it right. The word’s rise to prominence has coincided with the anti-bullying movement’s gaining momentum.
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Boro's CJ Gaylord administers life-saving CPR to neighbor
Although he’d almost certainly hate the term, there’s no denying that Chris “CJ” Gaylord is a hero. According to the 17-year-old Point Pleasant Borough High School senior, he ‘just did what anyone would do’ when he rushed to the aid of a neighbor, and administered CPR to the unresponsive woman, saving her life.
On the evening of April 19, CJ was enjoying dinner with his parents and extended family when a frantic banging on the front door interrupted them. On the other side of the door was the Gaylord’s neighbor Lou LaStella, pleading for help for his wife, 61-year-old Carol LaStella, who had collapsed in their living room and was not breathing.
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Boro staff and students help raise mental health awareness
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the third leading cause of death among people between the ages of 10 and 24, with approximately 4600 lives lost each year. For every reported death by suicide, however, there are approximately 12 attempts. The CDC reports that approximately 157,000 youths between the ages of 10 and 24 receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries each year. And these statistics don’t even begin to address the percentage of young people who contemplate suicide nor the number of adolescents with a diagnosable mental health disorder, a number that some experts estimate to be as high as 20 percent.
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