We're happy to announce that Home Runs for Heroes, our partnership with the Lakewood BlueClaws and WOBM that helps raise funds for organizations serving our active duty and veteran military heroes, is back this baseball season. When the BlueClaws take to the field on April 4th at their home opener, nine local charities will be rooting them on and hoping for lots of home runs. Each home run hit by the BlueClaws results in a $1,000 contribution to a local charity.
The nine participating charities that benefit are: American Red Cross, Jersey Coast Chapter; American Recreational Military Services (ARMS); Army Emergency Relief; Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton; Chariot Riders/Horses for Heroes; Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund; National Guard State Family Readiness Council; Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and Vetgroup.
To lots of cheering and even a few happy tears, the recipients of the 2012 OceanFirst Foundation Model Classroom Grants were announced on October 2nd. Fifteen local schools - five each at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels - each received a $15,000 grant to fund their bold and innovative ideas for creating a Model Classroom at their school.
This year's grant recipients are:
Elementary School Grades
Dr. Gerald H. Woehr Elementary School, New Egypt
Drum Point Road Elementary School, Brick
Emma Havens Young Elementary School, Brick
Switlik Elementary School, Jackson
Whiting Elementary School, Whiting
Middle School Grades
Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School, Freehold
Lakehurst Elementary School, Lakehurst
Lavallette Elementary School, Lavallette
Memorial Middle School, Point Pleasant
Saint Peter School, Point Pleasant
High School Grades
Central Regional High School, Bayville
OCVTS - MATES, Manahawkin
Point Pleasant Beach High School, Point Pleasant Beach
Saint Rose High School, Belmar
Toms River High School South, Toms River
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE AWARD WINNING SCHOOLS!