LITTLE SILVER: RBR SENIOR TOPs IN CLASS

JorgeRed Bank Regional senior Jorge Benavides is the school’s first student to complete Teen Outreach Program training, and to co-facilitate a class.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

“It’s a safe place to let out our opinions and views, where there is mutual respect and we do not judge one another,” states Jorge Benavides of Red Bank.

A senior at Red Bank Regional High School, Jorge is referring to the Teen Outreach Program, or TOP — and as the first RBR student to co-facilitate the nationally acclaimed program in his school, the 17 year old speaks with authority on the subject.

Developed by the Wyman Center, TOP “promotes the positive development of adolescents through a combination of curriculum-guided group discussion and community service learning.” Examples of past RBR community service included a walk for suicide prevention, aiding the victims of Hurricane Sandy and a program supporting the LGBT community.

Freshman participants are recruited for TOP by The SOURCE, RBR’s School Based Youth Services Program. Offering weekly sessions during their lunch and study hall time for most of the school year, the program also runs a section for sophomores and upper classman who chose to continue their participation.

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RBR CELEBRATES WEEK OF RESPECT

weekofrespRBR freshman Creative Writing Majors performed inspiring works at student classes during the Week of Respect activities.  Pictured above are (left to right) Madison Zeller, Shrewsbury, Grace Cody, Shrewsbury, Corey Van Huff, Neptune City, Emma Wright, Little Silver, and Anthony Jimenez Hernandez, Red Bank.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On October 7 through 11, Red Bank Regional High School celebrated the state-mandated Week of Respect with inspiring poetry, songs, and outreach. In a statement, RBR Principal Risa Clay remarked, “Although the state requires that all schools set aside a week in October to celebrate respect, it is important to remember that our school community practices these values all year long.”

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SUMMER PROGRAM’S A ‘SLAM’ DUNK FOR RBR

summreslamart-1RBR students draw their partners’ portraits during a special art session with the Community YMCA’s Holly Haines during the special speakers’ visit in Summer Slam, an RBR freshman transitional program.  (Click to enlarge)

By MARIANNE KLIGMAN
RBR Community Information Officer

During one day in July, rising Red Bank Regional (RBR) freshmen were running relays across the cafeteria floor, and dropping for push-ups in a mini-version of boot camp.  The next period they were team-drawing a pictorial class story. Students also participated in experimentation with percussion instruments creating a short acoustical symphony. Fun turned to social awareness as they learned about environmental advocacy and the mission to help feed the less fortunate with dignity at Soul Kitchen, the Red Bank Community restaurant.

These programs were all part of a special day of guest visitors who shared their skills and knowledge with Red Bank Regional’s Summer Slam, a freshman transition program which is operated by The SOURCE, RBR’s School-based Youth Services Program.

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RBR’S KELLER HONORED BY AREA NONPROFIT

SuzanneKellerFollowing a year of extraordinary challenges to the Red Bank Regional community, Suzanne Keller of The SOURCE at RBR has been honored for her exemplary coordination of the school-based program.  (Click to enlarge)

By MARIANNE KLIGMAN
RBR Community Information Officer

Suzanne Keller of Red Bank Regional (RBR) was recently honored by the non-profit Community Affairs and Resource Center (CARC) with its Partner in Youth Development Award, for her work as the high school’s SOURCE coordinator.  The SOURCE is RBR’s School Based Youth Services Program, which provides students with a range of services from quality mental health counseling to learning support initiatives. CARC, formerly the Hispanic Affairs & Resource Center, is a social services organization operating in Asbury Park, Freehold and Red Bank.

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