By Mary Donohoe, Morris School District
Morris School District administrators joined Reverend and Mrs. Sidney Williams and
volunteers from Morristown’s Bethel AME Church last week to help reinforce the message that good nutrition, parent support, and family mealtime go a long way toward helping students soar.
The dinner marked the culmination of the first seven-week session of SOAR, the Student Outreach and Academic Reinforcement program.
Approximately 50 students and their parents were on hand to share lasagna and vegetables served as the main course of the family-style meal on Dec. 2, 2013.
Students were surprised to see the superintendent of schools, Dr. Thomas Ficarra, in a white chef’s coat as he, principals and other school administrators served dinners, visited with families, and cleared tables.
“It is important that our students and their families know we care about them long after the school day is over,” said Alfred Vail Principal Janet Kellman. “The SOAR dinner provided a great opportunity to do that.”
Reverend and Mrs. Williams greeted families as they arrived for the dinner and congratulated students on their progress to date.
“We are grateful to our community partners for their commitment to our children and their families,” said Mrs. Williams. “The students are performing better academically and their parents are increasingly involved and committed to their success while working together to strengthen their family.”
SOAR volunteers will continue to work with students and their families throughout the school year.
“SOAR is an exceptional program which, in a short period of time, has had a tremendous impact on the students it serves. We are confident these students will continue to thrive,” said Dr. Ficarra.
“The SOAR family meal was a great way to celebrate the success of the program and its students and honor the critical role families play in students’ success.”