Silverton Pharmacy

Above: The team at Silverton Pharmacy proudly displays boxes of masks it has donated to district students. Below: More than 100 Heyco face shields were donated to the district on April 19.

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April 20, 2021-- Two local organizations have provided generous donations to the district aimed at keeping students safe and healthy this year and beyond.

Heyco, a PennEngineering Company with a branch in Toms River, donated more than 100 face shields to students. Last summer, Heyco donated 2,700 face shields to district employees.

"Our staff and students appreciate your generosity as we move forward with more students returning to in person learning," said Assistant Superintendent James Ricotta to Heyco's Mary Ann Wrocklage.

Meanwhile, Silverton Pharmacy was planning its own actions of goodwill, preparing a donation of specialty masks for the district's youngest students.

Dr. Jay Patel has donated 240 of his own mask brand featuring filters, as well as dozens of other themed masks including Ty Beanie Boos and Oh So Cute.

"This is a wonderful gesture," said Assistant Superintendent Cara DiMeo, "which will go a long way toward motivating our students to continue protecting themselves and their classmates."

In addition to its PPE donations, Silverton Pharmacy is seeking to keep the community safe through vaccinations. The pharmacy encourages anyone interested in receiving the Moderna vaccine to schedule an appointment through its vaccination portal.

The district's intrepid Harry Staples picked up the donations this week, and they'll be dispersed to students in the coming days. The district sincerely thanks Heyco and Silverton Pharmacy, and all of its supporters throughout the greater Toms River area.