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PHOTO: Students Sloane Hutchings (left) & Victoria Miller with teacher Helen Verardi

Middletown, NJ – On Saturday, October 26, Middletown Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Athena Learning Center, 1708 Route 35, Middletown.  CEO & Co-Founder Mark Mele and Athena Director Mariel Miller assisted the Mayor with the ribbon-cutting as local businesses, Northern Monmouth Chamber members, and Athena staff members and children who attend Athena Learning Center held the ribbon for the cutting.

Terrence Biggs, Executive Director of the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce who attended the grand opening states, “Small businesses are the lubricant for the giant wheels that turn the US economy. This is why NMCC celebrates Athena Learning Center’s grand opening.”

Amongst the many participants at the opening was Sloane Hutchings, a student at Athena Learning Center who remarks, “Everyone is so kind, nice and supportive. I love coming here as the place is so bright and cheerful.” Mother Lisa Hutchings explains that her daughter Soane did not do as well at other learning centers. Lisa takes Sloane to Athena Learning Center for daily homework assistance. Sloane is a straight “A” student who now enjoys doing homework.  Director Mariel Miller says, “One of our goals is to encourage students to become lifelong learners with the drive and curiosity to succeed in and out of the classroom.”


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PHOTO: Ribbon Cutting with Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger, Director Mariel Miller next to Mayor, CEO & Co-Founder Mark Mele next person over from Mariel.

Athena Learning Centers of Middletown is a year-round Learning Center that offers K-12 students innovative solutions for improving their math and reading skills in preparation for success in college and the 21st century workplace. A key differentiator for Athena is that it features the only after school program curriculum that is directly aligned with the Common Core State Standards. In addition, Athena Learning Center offers “Music & Me” by Kindermusik, a research-based early childhood curriculum that uses bundled, thematic 30-minute lessons to help preschoolers from ages 18 months to 4 years old learn the important language, listening, and social skills. Athena Learning Center of Middletown offers subject tutoring homework support and SAT/ACT exam prep services. 

Mark Mele, CEO & Co-Founder of Athena Learning Centers states, “The supplemental education industry is highly fragmented, and we saw a need to help students in a way that is more aligned to what students are learning in school today along with the expectations placed on them through testing.” Athena is now opening franchise centers throughout the U.S.

For further information about Athena Learning Center and its free monthly SAT test practice sessions, call 732-796-7030 or visit  For more information on Franchising, call 855-422-6532 or visit

About Athena

Athena offers the industry’s most innovative solutions for students K-12, with the only curriculum that is directly aligned with the Common Core State Standard.  As a franchise investment opportunity, Athena Learning Centers partnered with best-in-class providers of education products and business services to provide franchisees with state-of-art systems and the Athena Advantage educational package to use in each of its franchised locations nationwide.  This package will give each Athena Learning Center a competitive edge in the marketplace. 

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...