• Superintendent's Weblog...Congratulations Miss Ayoola Ogunyimika

    Posted by Tory Gibilisco at 2/7/2017 4:00:00 PM

    Congratulations Miss Ayoola Ogunyimika

     

    Greetings Willingboro Family,

     

        

    It is our pleasure to congratulate Miss Ayoola Ogunyimika for receiving the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship for her tireless work supporting the cause of sickle cell anemia.

    The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program is a nomination-based award, and only one student per school may be nominated by their principal or guidance counselor. Leaders and Achievers, funded through the Comcast Foundation, recognizes high school seniors from Comcast communities for their commitment to community service, academics and demonstrated leadership. To acknowledge these accomplishments, Leaders and Achievers students are awarded one-time scholarships, with a base award of $1,000.

    Since the inception of the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Program in 2000, more than $26 million in scholarships has been awarded to nearly 25,000 students. Approximately 52 percent of the scholarships awarded last year benefitted students from diverse backgrounds.

    Scholarship requirements include:

    • Full-time high school senior currently enrolled at a high school in a community served or approved by Comcast.
    • Student grade point average of 2.8 or higher.
    • Student demonstrates leadership abilities in school activities or through work experiences.
    • Student shows a strong commitment to and involvement in community service.
    • Student plans to attend an accredited, non-profit college, university or vocational/technical school in the United States.
    • Student will need to complete and approve the terms and conditions set forth in the media release included as part of the scholarship acceptance form. If the nominee is not over the age of 18, the parent/guardian must complete and approve the terms and conditions set forth in the release.

    While maintaining a weighted GPA of 4.05, Ayoola has continued to passionately support the worthy cause of Sickle Cell Anemia. Some of the philanthropic work that had earned Ayoola this most deserving honor includes being selected in 2013 to serve as the Teen Spokesperson for The Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey (SCANJ).  According to Mary Bentley, the founder and executive director of The Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey, Ayoola thrived in the organization.  

    “She has excelled in raising awareness about sickle cell disease and the importance of blood and organ donation.  She has served over 300 hours of community service in her capacity as SCANJ’s Teen Ambassador.  

    Although Ayoola's term as Teen Ambassador has concluded, she has continued to be a great volunteer for the organization.  This year we recognized Ayoola, and her family, with the Dr. Charles F. Whitten Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Sickle Cell Disease.

    Ayoola’s activities include, but are not limited to:

    Representing the Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey (SCANJ) at two national conventions of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (a 3 day national medical conference in Baltimore)

    Supporting the 24 Seven Line Dance Marathon-a 24 hour event raising funds and awareness for sickle cell disease

    Promoting and recruiting donors for American Red Cross Blood Drives

    Serving on the planning committees for

    -The Sickle Cell-abration; an educational festival on sickle cell disease

    -The Statewide Sickle Cell Symposium (panelist and youth workshop leader)

    -The December Holiday Party South 

    Spokesperson at The Kente Carpet Movies Under The Stars 

    Serving as a host for the December Holiday Party Program

    Appearing at numerous health fairs, programs and events to raise awareness for sickle cell disease

    Ayoola has served her community well and we are thrilled that you are recognizing her considerable talents.”

    On behalf of the Willingboro Board of Education, please accept our congratulations, we are very proud of you and know you will continue to represent our District and community in an extraordinary manner.

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    Dr. Taylor, Board President Hopson and Ayoola

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  • Superintendent's Weblog...Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Blog

    Posted by Tory Gibilisco at 1/31/2017 8:00:00 PM

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Blog

     

    Greetings Willingboro Family,

     

         On January 16, 2017, the Willingboro Public Schools joined the efforts of countless others, both nationally and internationally, in honoring the memory of Civil Rights Icon- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Many see this annual holiday as a day of service and a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by not only Dr. King, but the myriad of organizers, marchers and supporters who together changed the history of our country. I am both proud and humble to acknowledge that Dr. King and I share the honor of both being alumni of Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia. Dr. King’s legacy looms large over the campus still, almost 50 years after his assassination. His selfless work on behalf of others has always served as a source of inspiration for me.

        As in previous years, our community was filled with examples of people who are living ‘the Dream’. I had the privilege of representing our District at one such event. I have blogged in the past about the many wonderful deeds of the WR James PTA. Led by President Jennifer Noble-Slaton; the PTA has been recognized repeatedly, both locally and state-wide, for their efforts in supporting the mission of WR James School. They have done such an exceptional job; they now sit as leadership for Burlington County’s PTA!

        Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, Pi Mu Omega Chapter, also recognized the efforts of the WR James PTA. So much so, they selected Mrs. Noble-Slaton et al, as honorees for their community service, at the organization’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast. It was a fantastic event with several hundred attendees. PTA representatives received a very warm reception from those in attendance. Principal Miles-Wright and I were able to join the awardees on the podium, to support them as they received their well deserved praise. Please join me in giving kudos to Mrs. Noble-Slaton and her team for a fantastic job.

        Other efforts in our community honoring Dr. King also include the Willingboro High School Honor Society students’ participation in the Volunteer Center of Burlington County’s MLK Day-of-Service. Principal Ash and Sponsor Ms. Graf shared with me some wonderful details about this event. This service opportunity was held at the Burlington County Library on Monday, January 16, 2017. Students explored new volunteer opportunities and created cards for Burlington County residents in local nursing homes. Two National Honor Society students, Agnes Armstrong and Aminata Jackson, sat on a panel of county residents that discussed how to improve the Volunteer Center of Burlington County’s MLK Day. Armstrong and Jackson are both seniors who stressed the importance of seeing the impact their community service has on individuals. All student participants felt encouraged to do more.

        The effort to contribute to our community was not limited to our High School students, both Hawthorne and Twin Hill Elementary Schools participated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. service events as well. Hawthorne Principal Mr. Dumar Burgess led an effort to collect and sort donations from his school community to the 22nd Annual Greater Philadelphia Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Donations were made to benefit local homeless veterans. Twin Hills students, led by Principal Nock-Lemons and organizer Mrs. Gregory, also participated in the event at the Burlington County Library. The students created greeting cards for community care facility residents county-wide. They had a chance to witness the great example set by the Willingboro High School National Honor Society.

        We are so very proud of the efforts of all those who gave of themselves to truly carry forward the example set by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - A drum major for justice.


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    Mrs. Jennifer Noble-Slaton

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    Willingboro High School National Honor Society Members on their day of service

     

     

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  • Superintendent's Weblog...Return of Cosmetology to Willingboro High School–Career Technology Education

    Posted by Tory Gibilisco at 1/18/2017 7:00:00 PM

    Return of Cosmetology to Willingboro High School–Career Technology Education

     

    Greetings Willingboro Family,

     

     A few years ago, during a lengthy budget discussion, Board Member Theresa ‘Rita’ Owens spoke about how valuable the former Cosmetology Program was to the community. The program was abolished due to a significant budget shortfall in 2009. She spoke passionately about how the program not only helped prepare students to become self-sufficient entrepreneurs, but also provided services for the seniors in our community at a very reasonable cost. Other Board Members concurred with Ms. Owens and further expressed that the program brought segments of our community together (students and seniors) in a collegial environment.

    This discussion resulted in the Board of Education funding the return of the Cosmetology Program. After this action, I informed Principal Ash of the charge that we received from the Board of Education. We began this resurrection by re-hiring the former instructor, Ms. Elizabeth Collier. We activated the courses in Genesis (our student information system) and where necessary, we updated the curriculum and text per the state’s standards. We worked with our Facilities Department, under the leadership of Facility Manager Mr. Chandler, to build the stations and necessary water lines to meet the needs of the classes. Instructor Collier, with the assistance of the Willingboro High School Leadership Team, needed to establish an advisory panel with professionals in the community who have expertise in this area. These are just a few of the many steps taken to bring this worthwhile goal to fruition.

    We are proud to announce that now, three years later, our students have matriculated through the courses and lab work; and now have a functioning Cosmetology Clinic! I attended the ribbon cutting of the Cosmetology Clinic, along with Board Vice President Tonya Brown and Board Member Dennis Tunstall. Principal Ash, her leadership team, Instructor Collier and her students were extremely proud of this wonderful accomplishment. They can now utilize (and further develop) their valuable skill-set on paying customers! Ms. Collier surprised her protégées by bringing a former student to the event to tell the class how she is utilizing the abilities she gained in this program to support herself as an adult.

    These young people are well on their way to a lucrative career and it all began with a discussion during our Board budget meetings. Please call the WHS Cosmetology Clinic and make an appointment for a service!
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    Our students’ previous year’s preparation

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    Ms. Collier and her students

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    Principal Ash, Assist Principal Walker and Ms. Collier address the students during the Clinic’s grand opening.

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    Board Vice President Tonya Brown and Board Member Dennis Tunstall congratulate the students.

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  • Superintendent's Weblog...Board Happenings

    Posted by Tory Gibilisco at 1/9/2017 4:00:00 PM

    Board Happenings

     

    Greetings Willingboro Family,

    Happy New Year!

    The New Year often brings a feeling of hope and renewal. For those of us in school leadership, it also brings about mandated processes for the governance of our school district. Specifically, the Board of Education elections are certified and new (or returning) Board Members are sworn in. Additionally, new Officers (President and Vice President) are brought forth through a nomination and voting process from sitting Board Members.

    The Board also verifies the outside professionals who we have contracted services with. These services include Solicitor, Architect and Engineer of record etc. The Board also confirms the textbook and curriculum adoptions that guide our educational practices.

    Please join me in congratulating our newly elected (and returning) Board Members, pictured below as they are being sworn in by our Business Administrator/Board Secretary Mr. Kelvin Smith.

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    Mr. Dennis Tunstall

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    Ms. Kimbrali Davis

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    Mr. Grover McKenzie

    Congratulations to our newly appointed Board Officers

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    President Felicia Hopson and Vice President Tonya Brown (L to R)

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  • Superintendent's Weblog...Winter Holiday Celebrations and Giving Back

    Posted by Tory Gibilisco at 12/23/2016 11:30:00 AM

    Winter Holiday Celebrations and Giving Back

     

    Greetings Willingboro Family,

    During the Winter Holiday Season it is always wonderful to see members of our community contributing to worthy causes. I have had a chance to personally witness and participate in a few fantastic ‘give-back’ celebrations in our community this year. My last blog highlighted the work of Assemblyman Troy Singleton and the Jump into Reading Celebration. This blog will focus on two recent events in our community; the Willingboro Educational Association’s Holiday Party for students with special needs and the Community Toy Give-Away.

    The Willingboro Educational Association (WEA) approached me with an idea to provide a holiday party for special needs students in our District. What made the idea irresistible was that it would include student volunteers from our National Honor Society. I was able to attend and witness both the magical time the students enjoyed, as well as the caring leadership of members of the WEA, our National Honor Society Students as well as community volunteers. The afternoon was filled with food, music and dancing.

    In addition to this opportunity, our Township Council held their annual Toy Drive Giveaway. Led by Councilman Chris Walker, many donations were solicited with a goal of giving a free toy to any child from the community who came to the event. My administration and I were thrilled to contribute to this worthwhile occasion.

    I was overjoyed to see a line of an estimated 800 excited students, at the JFK Community Center, with their families waiting to see Santa. Board President Kimbrali Davis was in attendance with Board Members Sarah Holley and Tonya Brown.  Of course, Mayor Anderson and the Township Council (Martin Nock, Chris Walker and Jacqueline Jennings) were also there; along with members of the WEA who set up a refreshment table for the students and their families.

    Both of these occasions were tremendous successes for our children, made possible by the efforts of volunteers in our community. I salute all who contributed to this worthwhile endeavor! Happy Holidays!

     

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    Board President Kimbrali Davis (Third from the Right) and Volunteers

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    Excited students and families waiting for their turn to see Santa

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  • Superintendent's Weblog...Assemblymen Conaway and Singleton Reading Challenge Celebration

    Posted by Tory Gibilisco at 12/22/2016 2:00:00 PM

    Assemblymen Conaway and Singleton Reading Challenge Celebration

     

    Greetings Willingboro Family,

    Assemblymen Conaway and Singleton Reading Challenge Celebration

    Recently I had the honor of joining Assemblyman Troy Singleton in celebrating students who excelled in his annual Jump into Reading Challenge. Students in the 1st thru 4th grades were invited to join the challenge and the top reader in each participating school was given an award. Additionally, the winners’ families were invited to a Saturday Bowling Party!

    The party was fantastic! Students were having so much fun bowling, eating pizza and playing with their balloon animals; all in a celebration of literacy excellence.  I was able to personally congratulate the winners and their families. We are so proud of the efforts of Willingboro High School Alum-Assemblyman Singleton and all the students who participated!

    Our winners were:

    • Coreen Watson-1stGrade, Garfield East Elementary (Top 1st grade reader and top overall reader out of all students that participated);
    • Miicah Ice-4thgrade, Twin Hills Elementary; and,
    • Ryan Alexander-1stGrade, Twin Hills Elementary.

    Keep up the awesome work!

     

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    Coreen Watson and Family      Students anxiously await their balloon animals
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  • Superintendent's Weblog...Willingboro Economic Development Committee

    Posted by Dr. Ronald G. Taylor at 12/9/2016 3:00:00 PM

    Willingboro Economic Development Committee

     

    Greetings Willingboro Family,

    I have blogged previously about the supportive relationship we have fostered with our Township Government including previous Mayor Campbell, current Mayor Anderson and the Township Council. This relationship benefits both entities and our Township as a whole. We are able to keep our lines of communication open and support important initiatives on both sides, for the success of all. Another example of our ongoing partnership occurred a few weeks ago. I was given a follow up invitation, by Board Member Sarah Holley, to provide a second presentation/conversation with the Willingboro Economic Development Committee (WEDC), under the leadership of Chairman Jamar Purnsley.

    The conversation was held at the JFK Community Center and was a wonderful evening. I was able to present and discuss both our progress on our Strategic Planning Goals as well as the State’s PARCC Assessment that was shared at the previous Board of Education Meeting. There was a rich dialogue about how we can continue to show progress and promote the fantastic things happening in our school district. The WEDC believes that the quality and perception of our schools has a direct impact on the economics and real estate value of homes in our Township. This makes them a very interested stakeholder in our community!

    Board Member Dennis Tunstall was also in attendance and brought great perspective on both our challenges and triumphs as a District.  It was a great evening and very important discussion.

     

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  • Superintendent's Weblog... The Importance of Parental Involvement

    Posted by Dr. Ronald G. Taylor at 11/14/2016 2:00:00 PM

    The Importance of Parental Involvement

     

    Greetings Willingboro Family,

    We believe parents are critical partners in the education of our students.  On many occasions our Board of Education has reaffirmed this essential belief...whether it be verbally with the often used proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”, or by the approval (and continued funding) of a new Parent Liaison position and new District-wide Parent Center in SY 2014. A preponderance of research shows that students are more successful academically and socially when their parents are welcomed, involved and supportive stakeholders.

    We have many examples of outstanding Parental Involvement in our District. Previously I posted about fantastic PTA events, as well as the election of our local PTA Leaders to County-wide leadership positions. Additionally, I have written about, and recognized at a previous Board Meeting, the State-wide Awards received just last year by our PTA Leaders, further highlighting their tireless efforts.

    Over the past several weeks there have been magnificent events that showcased the involvement of our parents and the commitment of our educators. Most notably, on October 13th, our Parent Liaison, Mrs. Denise Saunders, hosted our Annual Title I Parent Workshop at the Country Club Administration Building. I had the opportunity to greet our parents after speaking at the Mayoral Forum, which was held the same evening at the JFK Community Center. Parents in attendance were able to learn about the educational opportunities that Title I funding provides, including the availability of free tutoring and supplemental digital instruction! At this workshop, families were also provided presentations that highlighted our student achievement data and the efforts that we are pursuing to accelerate our academic outcomes.

    Most recently, on November 3rd our Professional Development Specialists Ms. Sharron Williams, Ms. Jennifer Brandon and Ms. Denise Saunders along with a committee of fantastic teachers, hosted our Annual Family Literacy Night at Memorial Middle School! At this event, Families were treated to a wonderful evening that focused on the joy of reading and the importance of literacy in becoming lifelong learners. The following is a list of teachers, administrators and volunteers who made Family Literacy Night a success:

    • Teachers who hosted our families: Valerie Clay (K), Carla Weathers (1st), Glenda Smiley (2nd & 3rd), Michelle Spring (4th & 5th), Allison Lee and Sabina Sanders (6th thru 8th);

     

    • WEA Members: Dorrie Hoffman, Kara Keefe, Leigh West, Roxanne Williams;

     

    • Willingboro Public Library, Head of Youth Services: Sandi Cronce; and,

     

    • Memorial Administration: Principal Brown, APs Ms. Clark, Ms. Ahmed, Ms. Russaw and Mr. Booker.

     

    Lastly, Willingboro Public Schools was very proud to participate in the Willingboro Township Council’s Veterans’ Day Parade on Saturday November 12th. It was an exciting community celebration. The Mystical Sound Machine Marching Band, Scholar Athletes and Cheerleaders from Willingboro High School participated in the festivities with the support of their School Sponsors and Parent Volunteers. Our fantastic PTA Leadership Team decorated a school bus and ensured that each of our schools were well represented by enthusiastic students and their families. I had the pleasure of walking the three mile parade route with the PTA group. The students were so excited to wave to the parade spectators. It was a magnificent event held on a beautiful fall day to honor our Veterans.

    Please enjoy a few pictures of these great events...Thank you

     

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  • Superintendent's Weblog... Willingboro Track Club

    Posted by Dr. Ronald G. Taylor at 10/28/2016 10:00:00 PM

    Willingboro Track Club

     

    Greetings Willingboro Family,

         One of the first things that I learned about Willingboro after becoming Superintendent was how proud the community was of the many living legacies of both the Township and the Willingboro Public Schools. Some spoke of the rich history of Servicemen and Women and the families they raised in this community. Many highlighted the world renowned musicians who went on to play on stages across the world, including the Grammy’s. Others raved about the near professional-level theatre and arts productions that attracted audiences from both near and far. However, the most pride came from the many Track and Field accomplishments of both the local AAU Traveling Track Club as well as the Willingboro High School Chimeras. I have blogged a few times about our State Champion Chimeras and the pride that they have brought to our district. I will now briefly discuss The Willingboro Track Club.

         The Club was first brought to my attention when they needed to utilize the track at Willingboro High School during ‘off-hour’ periods to prepare for their season a few years ago. The Coach was passionately advocating for the young people that he worked with and went on to share with me past accomplishments. The administrative challenge that this presented paled in comparison to the contribution that founders Bill and Evelyn Lewis (parents of Olympian Carl Lewis) have given to our community. That legacy is carried on by Coaches Jeff Scott Sr., Jeff Bynoe and their staff. We were happy to partner with the Track Club to assist in providing such rich opportunities to our young people. I was so thrilled to receive the report below detailing the fantastic results of this summer’s season that we invited the Club to a recent Board of Education Meeting to be recognized. The Board and the Community gave the Scholar Athletes rousing congratulations! Additionally those gathered were thrilled to hear Coach Scott describe the many cities that the Club had traveled to. He even shared that a Club Alumna English Gardner flew he and his wife to Rio Brazil to witness her compete!

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    Willingboro Track Club at a recent Board of Education Meeting

         The Willingboro Track Club organized in 1968 by Bill and Evelyn Lewis, parents of Olympian Carl Lewis. Our primary purpose, while stressing academics, is to develop the talent of young people (male and female 7-18 years old), keep them in a family type atmosphere, and get them into college by all available means. 

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         The following are the results of our Medal winners who finished in the top 8 at the 2016 A.A.U. Jr. Olympic Nationals held at Humble ISD, Humble, TX, August 1st – August 6th, competing against thousands of the best athletes from all 50 states. We brought back home a total of 22 medals (see the chart below)...

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    Aveonah Mendez, Jaden Murry, Kaila Speight and Nylah Robinson

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    Jordan Norwood

    11 year old Girls

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    4th place

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    2nd place

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  • Superintendent's Weblog... Willingboro High School - Chimera School Spirit

    Posted by Dr. Ronald G. Taylor at 10/20/2016 12:00:00 PM

    Willingboro High School - Chimera School Spirit

     

    Greetings Willingboro Family,

    As Superintendent of Schools I often spend time at school athletic events to support our students as they compete against neighboring districts. I have had the opportunity to cheer for our teams that compete in Track, Baseball, Tennis, Football, Soccer, Basketball and many other sports and activities. Of course I cannot attend every event for all teams but I do my best.  The teams always show great sportsmanship, effort and competitiveness while still showing respect towards their opponents. This year our Chimera football team is experiencing a resurgence with a winning streak that has excited the entire town! I was able to attend a recent game that saw our student athletes defeat our cross town rival Holy Cross. It was a splendid event with a raucous crowd, exuberant cheerleaders and our Mystical Sound Machine playing fantastic music for a true “Friday Night Lights” experience!  

    What made this evening extra special was the fact that it was Willingboro Panther Night. An evening dedicated to the Peewee Football Players and Cheerleaders in our community. The players were able to run out on the field and be recognized by the crowd during halftime and the cheerleaders were able to perform a cheer with their high school counterparts.

    What makes me most proud of these scholar athletes and student auxiliary members is the fact that we have adopted academic standards that are above and beyond the New Jersey Department of Education requirements for participating in extra-curricular activities. While the State only requires students to maintain a certain number of credits towards graduation, we also require Grade Point Average compliance.  This increased rigor has not hindered our students from successfully representing us against tough competition.

    In closing, as I was leaving a visit at one our elementary schools I noticed some of our high school football players visiting with the younger students both in the classrooms and on the playground. The elementary students were star struck by their high school counterparts.  They truly looked up to them as role models. The Chimeras were there for community service within our District. A fantastic idea put forward by our Athletic Director Mr. Leon Owen. I am so very proud of these young leaders who are making us proud on the field, in the classroom and in our community.

    Please enjoy the fantastic sights from the recent game! #BoroPride

    Board President Kimbrali Davis, Principal Kimberly Ash and Dr. Ronald G. Taylor, Superintendent of Schools at a recent game


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Chimera Football Team and Cheerleaders at the ready!

     

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    Football Players and Cheerleaders at JC Stuart Elementary School with Principal Tribbett and Assistant Principal Hipplewith.

     

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    Cheerleaders and Football Players at Hawthorne Park Elementary School volunteering and showing their school pride with the Willingboro ‘W’ hand signal.

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