Community Services

Valentine's Day Food Drive

posted Feb 10, 2012, 3:45 PM by Heather Kisilywicz

Please encourage your children to bring in canned goods, pasta, mac & cheese, cereal, rice canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter to their history classes.  If everyone could bring a can a day, think of the impact we would have! 

The Valentine's Day Food Drive which benefits the Crisis Ministry runs now through Thursday, February 16.  All JP pupils should have brought home a brown-paper bag for the Crisis Ministry’s Eight Annual Valentine’s for Food Drive.  We’ve stapled to each bag a pink sheet with instructions about what heart-healthy foods you may donate.  Parents or pupils can return the bags to our main  lobby vestibule.

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The Gift of Giving

posted Jan 22, 2012, 2:52 PM by Johnson Park Elementary School PTO

Many JP families presented holiday gifts to the seniors at Elm Court, the nearby assisted-living residence.  Recently, we received this letter:

 On behalf of the residents of Elm Court, please accept my sincerest thanks for the holiday gifts your students provided through the “Wish Upon a Star” program.  Our residents look forward to this project and the hand-picked items you deliver every year at this time.

The lovely selection of holiday songs the children sang made the event even more special.  We are extremely touched by the generosity of students and families of Johnson Park School.

Special appreciation goes to teacher Bonnie Walker for coordinating this unique project year after year.  Her thoughtfulness has contributed significantly to enhancing the quality of life for our Elm Court community.

Sincerely, Fay Reiter, Director of Social Services


We agree with Ms. Reiter’s sentiments, and we extend additional salutes to our first graders and their teachers who delivered the gifts and to music teacher Dee Mann who led our pupils in offering several seasonal songs.

Warm Clothing Drive

posted Jan 22, 2012, 2:44 PM by Johnson Park Elementary School PTO

Please sort through your closets and drawers for outgrown or haven’t-worn-in-years clothing and help clothe neighbors in our community.  We seek all types of adults’, teens’, and children’s clothing and footwear for any season.  From now , 

  • a collection bin will be in our main-entrance vestibule, through Friday, January 20th
  • or you may take clothes directly to the John Witherspoon Middle School cafeteria on the 20th. 

Clothing distribution will take place on Saturday morning, January 21st, in the JW cafeteria, from 7:30 to 10.  All are welcome.

Turkey Trot - Over a 1,000 items donated!

posted Nov 28, 2011, 10:48 AM by Johnson Park Elementary School PTO   [ updated Nov 28, 2011, 10:52 AM ]

Congratulations to all participants in our Fifth-Annual Turkey Trot.  Thank you to:

 our physical-education teacher, Mr. Hennessy, who, with parent Jeanne Tria, organized the event. 

world-language teacher, Srta Morales, who served as Trot Mascot.  Classes who correctly identified Srta Morales in her turkey disguise were those of Ms. Albany, Ms. Bender, Ms. Bustillo, and Ms. Miller. 

 Turkey Trot Spirit Award Winners: 

      •  First Place:         Ms. Landis
  •  Second Place:   Mr. Van Hise
  •  Third Place:       Ms. Miller

  • Everyone had a great time watching and listening to all the class and grade-level chants and songs.  Most importantly we collected over 1,000 items of food to donate to TASK, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, for families facing financial hardships.  Thanks to everyone who contributed to our drive.


Warm Clothing Collection

posted Nov 16, 2011, 4:57 PM by Johnson Park Elementary School PTO   [ updated Nov 16, 2011, 4:57 PM ]

From now through Friday, November 18th, we will be collecting all sizes of gently used coats, sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, mittens, and snow pants.  We’ll arrange to distribute the items to local families on Saturday, November 19th from 8:30 AM to Noon at Community Park School.  

Questions?  Please call JP parent and Community Outreach Coordinator: Jeanne Tria at 609.921.8331

Turkey Trot

posted Nov 9, 2011, 12:41 PM by Johnson Park Elementary School PTO

We’ll hold our fifth-annual Turkey Trot on Thu., Nov. 17th, at 1:15 p.m.  It’s the culmination of a schoolwide community-service project and lots of fun. 

Please send in donations of non-perishable food items (no glass containers, please) for your child’s classroom collection.  Each class must collect 25 items to participate.

If you’re able to help out—no special skills or experience required—please call P.E. teacher Steve Hennessy at 806-4240 or parent Jeanne Tria at 921-8331.  Thanks.

Costumes Needed

posted Oct 19, 2011, 3:06 PM by Johnson Park Elementary School PTO

Halloween is just around the corner.  If you have gently used, but clean, costumes that your children can no longer use, please donate them (the costumes, not the children) to our costume drive.  (We’ll also gratefully accept new costumes for children of all ages, PK-size through size 14.) We’ve placed a container in our lobby for costumes.  We’ll collect donations through Wed., Oct. 26th.  Then, we’ll distribute costumes to JP pupils who need a costume and we’ll send the rest to HomeFront in Trenton.  Thanks for your support

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