RBR Principal Honored with Partner in Education Award
Red Bank Regional’s (RBR) principal, Risa Clay, was recently honored by the Community Affairs & Resource Center (CARC) with their Partner in Education Award, at its fifth annual Black & White Gala reception which took place on April 24 at the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel. Along with Mrs. Clay, other esteemed members of the community were honored including: Assemblyman Sean Kean (Outstanding Public Servant Award); Tania and Clem Lisitski (Humanitarian Couple the Year); Vin Gopal (Partner in Community Development); and Alan Manzo (Ambassador of the Arts.) CARC was formally known as the Hispanic Affairs and Resource Center - a nonprofit, social service organization with locations in Asbury Park and Freehold.
Mrs. Clay, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, was honored for her work with RBR’s Latino students who are greatly serviced by the School Based Youth Service Program (known as the SOURCE) which she established 15 years ago. She also created an award winning- model program for English Language Learning (ELL) instruction and success. The program was responsible for RBR’s continued very high attendance and graduation rates among its ELL students. Many were able to afford college through a scholarship program she established with a private benefactor, The Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship, and a program with Brookdale College.
In her acceptance speech Mrs. Clay stated, “As educators we are more than teachers, we are coaches, nurses, cheerleaders and innovators. It is vital to have the possibility to build relationships, through counseling opportunities, mentoring and interactions, with great teachers and coaches. Each of us has the chance to make a difference every day in a child’s life. Relationships can steer a student toward success and model strategies where words may fail. Students must believe that WE believe in them and that as educators we believe that they have the ability to succeed.”
CARC provides social services to economically disadvantaged individuals and families throughout Monmouth County with the goal of revitalizing the communities served. Although originally targeting the Latino populations settling in Monmouth County, CARC has expanded its outreach to “all people regardless of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or functional capacity.” For more information visit their website at http://carcnj.org/.