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By Anne Forline

Gloucester City News

Superintendent Paul Spaventa praised the efforts of Technology Director Janet Kauffmann for securing a $445,019.58 E-rate award for the district during last week’s Gloucester City Board of Education meeting.

E-rate is a federal program that provides funding to schools for infrastructure and telecommunications improvements ensuring that students have access to telecommunications, including internet access and telephone systems.

In other business, student representatives talk about what is happening in their schools.

Andrew Gillen is a senior at Gloucester High, serves as class president, and participates in many activities including the yearbook and baseball. He plans to attend Rowan University after graduation to pursue studies as an engineer.

He is enrolled in advanced placement classes and acknowledged the efforts of Principal Dr. Jack Don for making everyone feel safe and like a family at school.

Andrew spoke of the fundraising efforts that are underway to help with the costs of the senior trip. He also reported that all of the athletic teams are off to a good start.

Seventh grader Josh Budd, from the Highland Park Program for Success, praised the efforts of his teachers, principals and counselors.

Josh said he likes the art program because, “It made Gloucester look better.” Looking to his future, Josh wants to be able to help others like the Highland Park Program has helped him.

Representing Mary Ethel Costello was fifth grader Emily Petrik, who said, “Mary Ethel Costello is a special school because it has fun and educational activities.”

She credited the teachers for making students excited about learning.

From Cold Springs  School, Camryn Rudderow said she and her fellow third graders are hard at work on addition and subtraction facts. They are also learning how to write good paragraphs.

  Camryn said that each Friday is “Math Fact Friday.” Each student is given three minutes to try and solve 80 math problems. Students who correctly answer all 80 problems are named “Math Fact Champions” and their names are displayed in the cafeteria.

  Camryn said that flu shots will be administered on October 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cold Springs School, and that the annual Halloween Parade will be Monday, October 31.

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