FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2009

 

 

UNION COUNTY VO-TECH SCHOOLS WIN NATIONAL AWARDS FOR FUNDRAISING
Students raise $115,000 for cancer research

Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella (C) and Freeholder Deborah Scanlon (6ht R) congratulate Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Bistocchi (2nd R), Peter Capodice (L) of Vocational-Technical Schools Board of Education and the students from the Vocational-Technical Schools in Scotch Plain, who lead the effort that raised more than $115,000 earlier this year to help fight cancer through the national Relay for Life campaign.
Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella (C) and Freeholder Deborah Scanlon (6ht R) congratulate Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Bistocchi (2nd R), Peter Capodice (L) of Vocational-Technical Schools Board of Education and the students from the Vocational-Technical Schools in Scotch Plain, who lead the effort that raised more than $115,000 earlier this year to help fight cancer through the national Relay for Life campaign. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

Elizabeth, NJ – Students at all five of the Union County Vo-Tech Schools raised more than $115,000 earlier this year to help fight cancer through the national Relay for Life campaign.  The students received two national awards from the American Cancer Society and were recognized for their outstanding achievement with a resolution from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders on September 24.

“Our Vo-Tech students are known for their academic excellence, and once again they have provided us all with an outstanding example of civic engagement,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

The five Union County Vo-Tech schools are the Academy for Allied Health Sciences, the Academy for Information Technology, the Academy for Performing Arts, the Magnet High School and UC Tech High School.

“Part of education is becoming involved with the community and making an impact on the world beyond,” said Dr. Thomas J. Bistocchi, Superintendent of the Union County Vo-Tech Schools.  “I am very proud of the leadership and commitment demonstrated by these young people.”

More than 450 Vo-Tech students participated in Relay for Life with the goal of raising $100,000.  Joined by cancer survivors, parents, teachers and administrators, they surpassed that mark by $15,000.

In recognition of their achievement, the American Cancer Society awarded the Vo-Tech school district the Youth Gordy Klatt #1 Per Capita award as the number one per capita youth event in the country based on net income and enrollment population, and the Nationwide Per Capita Award for High Schools.
In the national Relay for Life campaign, teams camp out overnight and taking turns walking or running around a track or path continuously for up to 24 hours, to raise money for cancer research.  This year’s event was held in March.

For more information about Relay for Life contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.  Information about the Union County Vo-Tech schools is available atwww.ucvts.tec.nj.us, or call 908-889-8288.