A Simple Act of Kindness in Old Tappan Brings New Meaning to the Phrase “PTA”

The 2010-2011 school year budget that failed to pass, no federal funding for our district, as well as other unsettling events left many of the Old Tappan teachers discontented and dissatisfied, some even unsure of their immediate employment future. It didn’t take Heather Mauro, the newly appointed 2010-2011 PTA President to recognize the dire need for camaraderie among the parents and teachers of the Old Tappan Parent-Teacher Association. Mauro, as well as the other PTA board members, believe a PTA should truly encompass the ideas and involvement of both the parents, as well as the teachers, to provide the best environment to wholly benefit our children.

However, over the years there seemed to be less and less teacher involvement within the Old Tappan PTA. Mauro sought to rectify that. Her brainchild was to beautifying outdated teachers lounges in the schools thus creating a positive and uplifting atmosphere in the work place. “Everyone I approached was eager to aid in this project”, Mauro recalls, “they worked tirelessly all summer to ensure that when our community returned to school on September 2nd, all projects were complete. The coordinated efforts on behalf of all concerned companies could not have run more smoothly. I am proud all parties involved are from our great town of Old Tappan!”

The following business graciously donated time, and/or materials to help improve the inside and outside of the working environment for our hardworking, dedicated teachers:

Creative Design Construction and Remodeling removed the existing kitchen cabinets and countertops in the teacher’s lounges at the T. Baldwin Demarest Elementary School (TBD) and Charles DeWolf Middle School (CDW) in Old Tappan. They supplied and installed new cabinets, granite countertops and backsplashes; supplied and installed new sinks and faucets; and installed all appliances.

Glen Lumia remarked, “We love Old Tappan, our friends, neighbors, especially the teachers and schools, so I was honored to be included in this beautification project.”

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