For the second year in a row, district employees showed their support of local law enforcement agencies by participating in True Blue Monday on September 30th. The response to the event was again well-received and the district presented a $5,057 check to Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little and other officers from the department at the October 16th Board of Education meeting.
The concept of True Blue Monday was created as a way for the district to show their support of and thanks to the four local law enforcement agencies - Toms River PD, Pine Beach PD, Beachwood PD, and South Toms River PD - that help ensure the safety and security of the district's staff and students each day. It coincides with the Toms River Police Department's annual Vest-a-Cop campaign that raises funds to purchase bullet proof vests for its officers.
District employees were asked to wear blue to show their support and make a $3 donation. The district was hopeful to collect enough money to purchase at least 2 vests, which cost $1,000 each.
In an email to staff announcing True Blue Monday, Superintendent Healy said, "Our Toms River Police Department, under the leadership of Chief Mitch Little, provides a service to our school community that is frankly unparalleled." He continued, "The TRPD is inVESTed in the safety and well-being of all of us including our children. This again has been demonstrated by Chief Little's efforts this school year to partner with our school district to ensure that each of our schools is staffed by an armed law enforcement person while providing training to our entire security team."