March, 5, 2019-- Hundreds upon hundreds of Toms River Regional Schools students, administrators, teachers, board members, and staff members, along with parents and Toms River residents, rallied today at the statehouse in Trenton to oppose drastic cuts to state aid that will decimate the district for years to come. The occasion for the rally was Governor Murphy's budget address, which took place at 2 p.m.
Coverage of the day's events includes features by:
The district's own TRSTV produced a video feature about the rally, which can be viewed here.
Lenape Regional High School District's television station also put together a video:
The district urged its students, staff, families and supporters to embark on a comprehensive social media campaign, and as a result the hashtag #StopStateAidCuts was the no. 1 trending topic in New Jersey for a significant portion of the day. #WeAreTRschools also trended. Twitter was the primary medium, but Facebook and Instagram were utilized as well.
The rally was successful in its mission to draw attention to the issue, and it was peaceful and respectful, with TRRS students making a positive impression. In fact, a state trooper working the event reached out later that day to say the following:
"I see you posted about the March in Trenton today. I had to work there today and just want to say, the teachers, students and administrators from not only Toms River but other schools voices were heard.
It was a peaceful demonstration for such a large amount of young students. You should be proud of your profession and the people you work for and with. There was not one incident."
A full gallery of photos from the day are below.