IT WAS A ROUGH WINTER TO SAY THE LEAST, BUT THE WEATHER COULDN’T BEAT THE SPIRIT OF THE CRAIG SCHOOL. Many of you know that Craig High School was forced to temporarily leave the Boonton Campus because of significant damage caused by one of our March snowstorms. What you may not know is how our emergency plans came together with a lot of hard work by Dr. Cap, Mr. Furlong and our dedicated faculty. We woke up to a seamless transition that found our high school students using the Mountain Lakes campus, but the hard work came over the weekend and nights when the classrooms in the Wilson Building were turned into The Craig High School. The biggest compliment I heard came from my son who is in the eighth grade. He said, “It was no big deal, like the high school kids weren’t even there.” Thank you to Dr. Cap for the hard work and to everyone (from students to teachers) who made our high school students feel at home. There’s no stopping the Badgers!
We have two major events coming soon: the Annual Auction (It’s a Shore Thing!) and the Annual Golf Outing. Fundraising is very important to keep The Craig School operating in the way our children deserve. I know that you all have heard it before, but tuition alone does not cover Craig’s costs. We rely on the annual fundraisers to help bridge that gap. They are also a great way for our Craig families to connect outside of school. The auction is on May 5 at the Mansion at Mountain Lakes. The golf outing is on June 19. Please join us if you can.
As we near the end of another school year, we want to thank all of you that make The Craig School what it is. PACS works tirelessly throughout the year to make sure our school events are first class. The teachers, our heart and soul, are what makes our school so special. They have no bigger fan than me. Janet Cozine, Niles Furlong and Dr. Eric Caparulo do more than I ever knew possible. I also need to thank Tad Jacks who made my year as Chairman enjoyable. Tad isn’t on to seek the spotlight but he has done a masterful job of setting The Craig School on a course of sustained success.
Finally, I want to recognize our students. They work hard. They play hard. They do not give in and never give up. We held a morning coffee with parents on April 12. The stories we all shared were remarkably similar about the ways our children have achieved while here at Craig. I want to hear more from our Craig families and I encourage all of you to attend our Coffee with Trustees sessions so we can continue building our Craig network and getting to know each other.
We have a great example of Craig tenacity from Andrew Best who attended Craig thru his middle school years. Andrew is about to graduate from Marist College. We recently learned that Andrew was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct post-graduate studies in Malaysia. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants to graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year. The Fulbright Program only makes awards to about 1,900 U.S. students each year. This is how Andrew describes Craig’s impact on his education:
“I do admit that Craig has shaped me and put me on the right path. I believe without the skills and lessons
I learned at Craig I wouldn’t be here. The teachers are in simple words the most dedicated and
supportive I have come across in my student career”
Chairman, Board of Trustees Frank