Third grade student, Snithik Selvakumar from Woodmont Elementary School and second grade student, Aaryan Pulijala from Hilldale Elementary School received prizes in November for Mindful posters they designed in spring 2020. Both students competed in a Morris County poster contest with the theme: "In My Public School We Show Mindfulness By...."
At the time the students entered the Mindful Poster Contest, Selvakumar was in grade two and Pulijala was in grade one. Both students attend schools in the Montville Township Public Schools (MTPS) district. Selvakumar and Pulijala are two of only 16 students in Morris County, New Jersey, to receive prizes.
Sponsored by Morris County Council of Education Association (MCCEA), the Mindful Poster Contest was held in early 2020. Students in all Morris County public school districts were invited to compete.
“There are 16 winners,” Kaitlyn ?Tierney said of the county-wide contest. Tierney? is a Montville Township Public Schools teacher at William Mason Elementary School in the MTPS district. Tierney is also Poster Contest Coordinator and Social Activities Coordinator for MCCEA, as well as Public Relations Chairperson and NJEA PRIDE Coordinator for the Montville Township Education Association (MTEA).?“There is one grand prize winner who wins $100, and 15 winners who win $50, all sponsored by Visions Credit Union, Vision Credit Union does this as community outreach for Morris County.”
Winners of the 2020 MCCEA "In My Public School We Show Mindfulness By..." Mindful Poster Contest are from several districts throughout Morris County. Hanover, which is the largest participating district, has nine winners. Mount Olive has three winners. Selvakumar and Pulijala are the two winners from Montville Township Public Schools, and Morris Plains and Mountain Lakes each have one winner.
Usually held in April at the Rockaway Mall, the MCCEA Poster Contest Annual Awards Ceremony was postponed this year due to the pandemic. On November 14, 2020, a socially-distanced, masked, outdoor event, to honor the county’s Mindful Poster Contest winners was held. The event was coordinated by Tierney.
Both MCCEA and MTEA are actively involved in the Montville Township community. Before the end of 2020, MCCEA will be donating $2,000 dollars to the Montville Township Kiwanis Food Pantry so the pantry can buy turkeys and hams for the holidays. The association has also committed to a $1,000 donation so the Kiwanis Food Pantry can purchase a freezer.
MTEA is comprised of 575 Montville Township Public Schools teachers. Over the past several years they have donated over $3,000 to the Montville Township Kiwanis Food Pantry, Montville Township First Aid Squad, Montville Township Animal Shelter, the Montville Township Public Library and several other organizations. The MTEA was also instrumental in helping all seven Montville Township Public Schools enhance and achieve meaningful end of year ceremonies for all 3,400+ students during the pandemic shutdown of 2020.