Howard C. Johnson Elementary School Unveils “Learning Unleashed” Model Classroom Funded by OceanFirst Foundation

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Howard C. Johnson Elementary School Unveils “Learning Unleashed” Model Classroom Funded by OceanFirst Foundation

IMG_7538.jpg: On May 21, 2019, representatives from OceanFirst Bank and OceanFirst Foundation visited the Howard C. Johnson Elementary School in Jackson Township, NJ, to tour the model classroom made possible by a grant from OceanFirst Foundation. With the $10,000 Model Classroom Grant, the school created a space for social and emotional learning with the aid of the school’s therapy dog – Mighty. The Yale University School for Child Development and Social Policy developed a proven, well-researched curriculum called “Mutt-i-grees” with the mission to “teach children skills to promote self and social awareness, effectively communicate and manage emotions and foster empathy.” Howard C. Johnson Elementary School has incorporated this curriculum within its newly-constructed “Learning Unleashed” model classroom. Pictured with students from the elementary school are, from left to right, Kathy Durante, Executive Director, OceanFirst Foundation; Nina Anuario, Senior Vice President and Business Development Officer, OceanFirst Bank; and Robert Cook, Vice President, Business Banking Lender, OceanFirst Bank.

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Howard C. Johnson Elementary School Model Classroom Photos

Since its founding in 1902, OceanFirst Bank has built a solid reputation and legacy as a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen. The Bank’s strong commitment to helping families, organizations, schools and communities throughout central and southern New Jersey has spanned several generations, reaching new heights in 1996 with the creation of OceanFirst Foundation. The Foundation provides grants to organizations that meet community needs within the OceanFirst Bank footprint. Since its inception, OceanFirst Foundation has contributed in excess of $37 million to over 900 local charities and schools that meet needs such as Health and Wellness, Housing, Youth Development and Education and Improving Quality of Life.

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