The town of East Windsor budget did not pass for the upcoming school year and the Board of Education had to cut $1 million, including the junior varsity sports programs.
Students and parents have started a fundraiser with the goal of raising $20,000 to bring it back.
“Us being a small town, we heavily rely on these sports every day, coming after school, playing with the same group of guys or girls,” said East Windsor basketball player and cross country runner Josh Maddox. “Taking away those sports will really mess up some of those bonds.”
“We need our sons and daughters to have this physical outlet,” said East Windsor parent Chandra Campanelli. “Everything that is good and academic that comes out of our schools is so much less without the character behind it and that’s what sports provides.”
“When everyone comes together like that, it shows we have power and we can achieve things if we try,” said East Windsor soccer player Luke Ragaglia.
“I’m thrilled that we have a group of active and dedicated parents who really want to make this happen,” said East Windsor Board of Education Chair Cathy Simonelli.
The Board of Education supports the fundraiser and has agreed to accept a donation to fund the junior varsity sports programs for 2019-2020.
“We’re here to show the kids that we care,” added Campanelli. “We’re here to show them that you have to work together, that you have to use strategy and that you have to go for the ‘W’ and that’s what we’re doing.”