MTMS Stand by Me Day 2019
Continuing a tradition of more than 20 years, students at Manchester Township Middle School experienced Stand by Me Day on May 17, 2019. Instead of their regular classes, students attended presentations designed to inspire and inform. The idea behind the event is to show students that there is a community of caring adults ready to 'stand by' them as they face the challenges of adolescence.
Speakers from the organization Steered Straight spoke to large groups in the gym about substance abuse prevention and encouraged students to make healthy, positive choices. There was also a BMX Bike demonstration in the gym with speakers that also advocated healthy choices.
Ava Bullis, a student at the middle school, brought representatives from her organization, Ava's Voice, which works to provide resources and education to the public about hearing loss, vision loss and deaf-blindness. Ava herself has hearing and vision loss resulting from Usher Syndrome.
Additional speakers included representatives from Six Flags Great Adventure Safari, NJROTC Cadets from MTHS, recovering addicts from New Hope, alumnus and NFL player Kevin Malast, Manchester Police SWAT and K-9 units, School Resource Officer Chris Cerullo, yoga demonstrations, a STEM Challenge by the MTMS Young Engineers, Girl Scouts, Internet Safety by the O.C. Prosecutor's Office and MTHS Heroes and Cool Kids.