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Old Bridge School District kicks off two campaigns in efforts to provide a sense of normalcy, community for students

Scott Jacobs
Old Bridge High School senior Thomas Disimile wears a festive turkey hat as he roots for his team with his friends during the Thanksgiving Day, 25th annual Battle of Route 18 football game against East Brunswick High School on Nov 22. The Old Bridge Knights defeated the East Brunswick Bears in the home game, 10-0.

OLD BRIDGE – The Old Bridge School District has kicked off two campaigns in efforts to maintain a sense of normalcy and community as distance learning continues in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Staff members at each school – Old Bridge High School; Carl Sandburg Middle School; Jonas Salk Middle School; and the Carpenter, Cooper, Grissom, McDivitt, Madison Park, Memorial, Miller, Schirra, Shepard, Southwood and Voorhees elementary schools – are providing a photo/video of their front door with clues for students to guess who their mystery neighbor is each day.

“It’s a great way for teachers, staff to reach out to their students and let them know they are thinking about them,” Schools Superintendent David Cittadino said during a school board meeting on April 16.

The district is also working with the township’s TV studio to put together a public service announcement similar to what other townships are doing in terms of why residents are staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We put a spin on it with reference of Dorothy and the ‘Wizard of Oz’ … ‘There’s no place like home in Old Bridge because…’,” Cittadino said, adding he has already received videos from students.

For more information, visit www.oldbridgeadmin.org/.

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