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Carol LaPierre & Nancy Kurbyweit, ECREA Membership Co-Chairs
The NJEA library in Trenton houses a number of journals dating back well over one hundred years. Little evidence of the founding date of the ECREA (Essex County Retirees Education Association) was in any of the records. What was apparent was the involvement of Essex County teachers in the state organization going back to the late 1800’s. If Essex educators were involved and influential, is it possible to conclude that once retired, these teachers might have founded an association of retired teachers? ECEA records show that during the depression, Essex County educators experienced pay freezes and salary decreases. By 1939 teachers organized and formed the ECEA (Essex County Education Association), but there is no corresponding record of retirees doing the same.
Celebrating Years of Essex County Retirees Education Association Scholarships
Beginning in 2009, the ECREA instituted a scholarship award of $500. From 2009 through 2014, the ECREA awarded one scholarship. The following year, we awarded two scholarships. Then in 2016, two scholarship recipients received an award of $1,000. The following year, three students received $1,000 scholarships. In 2018, we raised the award for four recipients to $1,500. None of this would have been possible without the generosity of our members, who either mail in contributions or contribute via our fundraising efforts at three general membership meetings yearly. Kudos to both the winners listed and our generous members.
Here are the scholarship winners during the past ten years:
Keshon Lopes – Irvington H.S. – Drew University
Patrick Roche – Nutley H.S. – Princeton University
Jessica Brand – James Caldwell H.S. – Rutgers University
Shanelle Forde – Cecily Tyson Fine and Performing Arts School, East Orange
David Raghanian – Nutley H.S. – Stevens Institute of Technology
Aliya Jaber – West Orange H.S. – Simmons College
Aderwumi Aderbigbe – Newark Vocational High School
Morgan Reed – Montclair H.S.
Maymouna Abo Abar – Central H.S., Newark - Rowan University
Luce Daphhey Paul – East Orange STEM Academy – Rutgers
Deja Santana – Montclair H.S. – Drew University
Joseply Jaramillo – Technical High School, Newark – Bates College
Here are the scholarship winners during the past ten years:cont'd
Chantaly Villalona – Technology H.S., Newark
Aishwarya Kanagala – West Orange H.S.
Noah Roselli – Nutley H.S. – New Jersey Institute of Technology
Marlon Solomon – Cecily Tyson School of Fine and Performing Arts – Berkeley School of Music
Madelyn A. Chelak – James Caldwell H.S. – Temple University
Emmanuel Ogbonnaya – Weequahic H.S. – NJIT
Alyssa Amassalam – East Orange STEM Academy - Rutgers, Newark
Precious George – American History H.S. – Rutgers University
Nephthalie Francois – East Orange STEM Academy – Lincoln Technical
Renata Curcio – Veropna H.S. – The College of New Jersey
Haley McNish – West Caldwell H.S. – University of Hartford
Christyne Corasmin – West Orange H.S. – Penn State College
Taylor Carnell – Nutley H.S. – College of Southern Idaho
Alisson Lopez Donado – Science Park H.S. – Rutgers, Newark
Edie Solomon – Livingston H.S. – GAP Year will attend Rutgers, New Brunswick
Shakythika Thevarajah – Technology H.S. – NJIT
Brad Yac-Diaz – East Orange STEM Academy- Stanford University
Amanda Franco – American History H.S.- Rutgers University- Newark
Bryce Szalay – James Caldwell H.S.- Belmont University
Jennifer Fernando Sanchez – Technology H.S.- Rutgers University-Newark