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New Jersey School Choice Week Starts Today
Monday, 26 January 2015
420 Events Across Garden State TRENTON, NJ – School Choice Week starts today in New Jersey and across America. Throughout the Week, which runs until January 31, there will be 420 school choice events across the Garden State. The events are part of... Read More...
IMAGE Monmouth University’s Science, Society, and Sustainability Seminar Series Presents Governor Florio on February 3
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Former Governor James J. Florio will speak at Monmouth University Feb. 3 West Long Branch, N.J. - Monmouth University’s Science, Sustainability, and Society Series, sponsored by the School of Science and Urban Coast Institute, presents a... Read More...
IMAGE Call for Entries - Monmouth County Park System 2015 Spring Arts Festival
Sunday, 25 January 2015
PICTURED –This carved rim bowl is an example of the artwork created at the Thompson Park Creative Arts Center. LINCROFT —  Calling all artists!  There’s still time to submit an entry into the Monmouth County Park System’s Spring... Read More...
IMAGE "If You Can See It, You Can Be It!" Contest Open to Students Grade 1-5
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Students in grades 1 – 5 called to create and submit characters that will star in an animated cartoon short to raise awareness of gender stereotypes in media.  Fair Haven, NJ – Small Factory Productions invites students... Read More...
IMAGE BSA Troop 32 Honors Two New Eagle Scouts - Jablonski, Katzgrau
Sunday, 25 January 2015
PHOTO: Middletown Boy Scout Troop 32 honors its Newest Eagle Scouts. From left: Timothy Katzgrau and Andrew Jablonski, both of Middletown. Middletown, New Jersey – Boy Scouts of America Troop 32’s leadership, scouts, friends, and family... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE What’s that Flock in the Bay?
by Joe Reynolds
Sunday, 25 January 2015
This was a week of counting wintering water-birds. The other day I looked out onto New York Harbor and saw a large raft of diving ducks. I counted at... Read More...
IMAGE Just Sayin...
by Anne Mikolay
Sunday, 25 January 2015
While watching this month's news broadcasts, I have concluded the world is steeped in irony. This tendency to fore-go common sense and do the... Read More...
IMAGE Father Trying to Build Understanding
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 24 January 2015
You won't find too many dads that love like this. Joseph Hernandez of Auburn, Washington, knew before his son's birth that his son would have a birth... Read More...
IMAGE My Encounters with Police Officers
by George Hancock-Stefan
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
During the past few months when there has been so much discussion about police officers, I started to think a lot about how I view police officers,... Read More...
IMAGE An Untold Story - Part 1
by Daniel Murphy
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
This is a subject that I have not written or talked about before.  Some people, I am sure, will be looking at me as if I have finally lost a bit... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Farmingdale, NJ – To help address the academic achievement gap in Monmouth County, United Way of Monmouth County has announced the funding of seven grants focused on early grade reading for the summer as part of the education component of its Community Impact Agenda. United Way of Monmouth County will invest $115,000 in high-quality summer programs serving students who are entering kindergarten through third grades in the Keansburg, Red Bank and Freehold Borough school districts.

“The goal of these programs is to help ensure that students are reading to learn – rather than still learning to read – by the end of third grade, which makes a great difference in their academic success,” says Timothy C. Hearne, Jr., president and CEO of United Way of Monmouth County. “Studies show that children who are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. We’ve found that children in lower income school districts in Monmouth County are at a particular disadvantage in terms of being on target with reading skills.”

In analyzing New Jersey Department of Education data, United Way of Monmouth County determined that 62.4% of fourth grade students in the lowest socioeconomic status school districts in Monmouth County are reading below grade level, compared to 20.5% of students in the highest socioeconomic districts. In general, it is estimated that the “summer slide” – in which children lose knowledge over the summer months – accounts for as much as 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower-income students and their middle- and upper-income peers.

All of the funded summer programs focus not only on learning, literacy and reading, but they also feature enrichment activities, such as arts, music, physical activity, nature and outside play. Six of the programs are student-focused, and one is a family literacy initiative that provides English language learning (ELL) and basic literacy to parents as well as books to seed home libraries. United Way of Monmouth County has developed strong relationships with the partnering school districts to enhance learning throughout the process.

The funded programs are being held in partnership with:

  • The Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County, Red Bank students
  • Collier Youth Services, Keansburg students
  • The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, Keansburg students
  • Horizons at the Rumson Country Day School, Red Bank students (student-focused program and family literacy program)
  • Monmouth Day Care Center, Red Bank students
  • YMCA of Western Monmouth County, Freehold students

For more information about early grade reading summer grants, please contact Christine Jagerburger at 848-206-2046 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To learn more about the United Way or its Community Impact agenda, please visit uwmonmouth.org.