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backpacks donation
Kelly Conklin, Jr. and his father flank Assistant Superintendent Jim Ricotta and Superintendent Michael Citta, who are holding three of the 20 protective backpacks the Conklins and their local business, Superior Protection Professionals, have donated to district students.

June 16, 2022-- Last week it was revealed that Kelly Conklin of Superior Protection Professionals was donating 20 specialty backpacks to TRRS students. The district released a statement of thanks, which is below.

Today, Conklin and his son visited the district's business offices to drop off the donation. Each armored backpack is valued at around $150, and they will be distributed to students taking part in the TR United cohort, which is working alongside Toms River Police Department to promote positive mental health supports and leadership, as well as to students in need at the elementary level.


The district gratefully accepts the donation of 20 safety backpacks from Superior Protection Professionals. SPP owner, local resident, and retired Toms River Police Department officer Kelly Conklin—along with his son, Kelly Conklin, Jr., store vice president and TRRS graduate--have made an impactful gesture that will benefit our students, providing them specialty backpacks which will serve them well on the educational journey. We sincerely thank the Conklins and SPP for turning their commitment to our community into action, and for providing tangible resources to our students.