Edison Township Education Association President Jeffrey Bowden distributes donated gift cards to James Monroe staff to assist in rebuilding instructional supplies.
On March 22, James Monroe Elementary School in Edison was destroyed by fire. The school housed approximately 500 students in 40 classrooms. In the immediate aftermath of the fire donations poured in from NJEA members and the general public. A “Stuff the Bus” activity run by NJEA members from neighboring North Brunswick filled two school buses with school supplies.
The students are receiving instruction for the remainder of the year at Middlesex County Community College. In the fall, the former St. Cecelia’s Elementary School in Iselin will become James Monroe’s temporary long-term home. The Diocese of Metuchen is permitting the Edison School District to use the school for free through 2016 if needed.
District insurance is covering the costs associated with upgrading the parochial school, which closed in 2012.
NJEA has purchased 500 student backpacks filled with supplies that will be delivered to the students to help them start their new year at St. Cecelia’s.
Members of local associations in Middlesex County have donated gift cards to James Monroe staff through the Edison Township Education Association. For teachers and staff, gift cards provide flexibility to purchase the necessary supplies needed to get their students back into learning in their new temporary school building. The first batch of cards was delivered to James Monroe staff on April 8.
If you would like to make a gift card donation as well, send it to:
Edison Township Education Association
2 Ethel Road
Edison New Jersey 08817
Attn: James Monroe School