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8th-Graders to Get to Know Future Classmates Long Before September

Eighth-graders from all of Red Bank Regional's sending districts will come together Friday at Markham Place to play games, eat hot dogs and talk about respect.

Members of next year's freshman class at Red Bank Regional will get to know each other a little sooner than usual with an inter-district event scheduled for eighth graders on Friday, capping off the state's Week of Respect.

The event, to be held at Markham Place School in Little Silver from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will bring together the approximately 230 eighth-graders from the district's four sending schools. Eighth-grade teachers, guidance counselors and administrators from Markham Place, Red Bank Middle School, Shrewsbury Borough School and Red Bank Charter School will join administrators from RBR to help demystify the high school experience for students and introduce them to their peers.

“While RBR does offer a freshman orientation and summer freshman transition program, each of our sending districts, as well as the high school, recognize the importance of getting our students together prior to their appearance at the high school doors," said RBR Superintendent Dr. Jim Stefankiewicz.

Students will participate in icebreaker exercises and hit the fields outside for activities like foam javelin toss and pizza box races before a barbecue with Little Silver Police officers manning the grills tops off the event.

The high school hopes the other schools take turns throughout the year hosting events to continue fostering familiarity with the inter-district students.

"We are all committed in ensuring that all students are well prepared for high school, not just academically but socially and emotionally as well,” said Stefankiewicz.

Karen Lloyd October 03, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Kudos to the organizers of this event! Logistically, just the transportation to and from, must have been tough to tackle. This is a fabulous idea! What a great benefit to the students! Way to go!
Mary Lou Mannino October 03, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Ditto to Karen's comment. Just another reason we are so proud to belong to such wonderful communities and to have such dedicated staff members from our amazing school districts.They are always looking for ways to improve, and always do! MAry Lou Mannino
Susan Murray October 03, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Thanks to those leaders in our school systems and community at large who are taking positive steps to enrich our kids' education - not an easy job! Your efforts are appreciated and valued.
Enrico Ciabattoni October 05, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Wonderful idea. Glad to see that RBR is expanding on the idea of the Future Bucs sports program that David Prown and I have been operating during the summer for the past 4 years. Future Bucs is a collaboration of the Recreation departments of Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury and is open to current 7th and 8th graders as of June of the current school year. For more information about Future Bucs please visit the website at http://www.futurebucs.com/.

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