Press release from The Community YMCA

Wm O GeorgeAt its upcoming Y Cares Annual Benefit, the Shrewsbury-based Community YMCA will honor the Middletown Township School District and its Superintendent of Schools, William O. George III, Ed.D, for their commitment to youth development.

During the event, hosted on Saturday, September 26 at the CYMCA’s Camp Arrowhead facility in Marlboro, the school district will be presented the Community Partner Award, while Dr. George (pictured) will be acknowledged with the Distinguished Citizen Service Award.

The Y Cares Benefit will begin at 5:30 pm with cocktails in the Carr Pavilion featuring music by Carl Gentry, a graduate of Middletown schools. Dinner by Merri-makers Caterers will follow, along with dancing to the music of Tim McLoone and The Shirleys. The evening will include silent and live auctions, in addition to a 50/50 cash raffle.

“We are truly proud to honor the Middletown Township School District and Dr. George,” said The Community YMCA President and CEO Rhonda Anderson. “Under the leadership of Dr. George, the district is an exemplary community partner that works side-by-side with the Y to help Middletown students build the skills and confidence they need to realize their potential.”

The Y’s partnership with the district began in 2007, with the Y providing before- and after-school care programs in the district’s elementary schools. Students benefit from homework assistance, creative enrichment activities and the Y’s Healthy U childhood obesity prevention program. Funded by the Horizon Foundation, Healthy U is based on the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) curriculum, a national award-winning program with over 15 years of proven research documenting its success in reducing childhood obesity.

Middletown schools have embraced Healthy U, with the district among the first in New Jersey to integrate the CATCH curriculum into the daily educational setting. On October 14, the district will host the annual fall statewide kickoff for Healthy U at Middletown High School South, with women’s soccer champion Carli Lloyd and All-American basketball player Jay Williams.

Anderson noted that the Y’s partnership with the district has grown over the years to include enriching Y Arts Clubs, civic engagement programs and, most recently, school-based therapeutic counseling.
Dr. George has served as Superintendent of Middletown Township Public Schools since 2011. Prior to leading the 17-school district, he served as Superintendent of the Hazlet Public School District.
During the 2014-2015 school year, he was selected Monmouth County Superintendent of the Year in recognition of the accomplishments and initiatives of the Middletown Township schools. The State of New Jersey Senate and General Assembly recently honored him with the 2015 Governor’s Educational Services Professionals Award for service and leadership in education. In 2014, the Monmouth University School of Education presented Dr. George with the University’s first John Dewey Award, an honor named for the influential 20th century educator and reformer, John Dewey. The award is given to celebrate the commitment and excellence of preschool through high school educational professionals.

Support for the benefit will help the Y ensure that everyone, regardless of ability to pay, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive through Y programs such as afterschool care, youth sports, health and wellness, swim lessons, summer camp, teen leadership and counseling and social services. Individual tickets are available here or by calling the Y at (732)671-5505, ext. 141.