With public school budgets across the country (especially in New Jersey) under fire, school administrators are trying to hold the line on academic standards and class size integrity. Sadly, extracurricular budgets have borne the brunt of these cutbacks.
In line with our core philosophy, Jersey Mike’s is going to do our part to support public schools in our neighborhoods by donating an initial sum per school district for extracurricular programs and encourage our corporate neighbors to do so as well. Extracurricular programs should not be considered optional based on additional cost considerations. To the contrary, we believe they are “Essential Curricular” Programs; half of your child’s Co-Curricular public school education and the second pillar by which our public schools prepare our kids for college and/or their future endeavors. The third pillar for future success is community service and logically follows from a solid foundation of co-curricular activities in the public school system.
Jersey Mike’s will be featuring three high school seniors each school season (Fall/Winter/Spring) that best embody those three pillars- Academic, Extracurricular, and Community Service -starting this month in each of the four stores associated with this initial launch; Point Beach, Point Borough, Manasquan & Wall Township. Their pictures will be featured prominently under the banner: Student Standouts: Class of 2011. We at Jersey Mike’s along with The Board of Education applaud their enthusiasm, effort and energy and hope their accomplishments outside of the classroom inspire others to follow their example.
All the tools our kids need to succeed and find their way in life are available right here in their own hometowns; their high schools. Anxious as we all were during our teen years to grow up, move out and move on, most of us would probably agree that everything we ever really needed to make it in this world was right here in our own backyard; where personal growth, and risking success were supported, nurtured; and embodied in these very school programs that are now at risk of being cut or eliminated.
Peter Cancro, Founder & CEO,
Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems