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Hundreds of NJIT Students to Help Newark Teachers Prepare for School Year 1000+ Participate in NJIT’s First Year Day of Service Across Essex County

NEWARK, N.J., Aug. 29, 2018 — More than 1,000 incoming freshmen at New Jersey Institute of Technology will provide service to community agencies, including assisting Newark teachers as they prepare for the opening of the 2018-2019 school year, as part of NJIT’s First Year Day of Service on Thursday, Aug. 30. In addition to supporting the Newark Public School system, NJIT students will travel to food banks, childcare learning centers, rehabilitation clinics and public parks to lend a helping hand.

NJIT students will be at the Bessie Mae Women and Family Health Center, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, the Fairmount Heights Neighborhood Association, the Catholic Charities Immigration Assistance Program, the Grace West Manor Senior Tower and Children’s Community Center, the Greater Newark Conservatory, the Job Haines Home, Jersey Cares—Care of the Park, the Unified Vailsburg Services Organization, St. John’s Soup Kitchen, the Urban League of Essex County, the South Mountain Conservancy, Seamen’s Church, and Rebuilding Together, as well as the following schools:

  • Abington Avenue School
  • Avon Avenue School
  • Barringer High School
  • Belmont Runyon Community School
  • First Avenue School
  • Lincoln School
  • Luis Muñoz Marin School
  • Malcolm X Shabazz High School
  • Roberto Clemente Elementary School
  • Speedway Academy
  • Sussex Avenue School
  • KIPP NJ Life Academy
  • KIPP NJ Spark Academy
  • University Heights Charter School

NJIT President Joel S. Bloom and Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger León will join students and new Principal Naseed Gifted (a 2001 electrical engineering graduate of NJIT) at Malcolm X Shabazz High School at 10 a.m.

“Community service is a critical component of our mission at NJIT, and this day of service is representative of the great partnership we have achieved with Mayor Ras J. Baraka,” said Bloom. “For the last six years, NJIT has engaged first-year, incoming students with the community through a day of service that has strengthened our university’s relationship with the city of Newark and its residents. This day provides an opportunity to foster meaningful relationships between students and community partners while creating a learning opportunity that demonstrates the value of community service.”

One of only 32 polytechnic universities in the United States, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. NJIT is rated an "R1" research university by the Carnegie Classification®, which indicates the highest level of research activity. NJIT conducts approximately $162 million in research activity each year and has a $2.8 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey. NJIT is ranked #1 nationally by Forbes for the upward economic mobility of its lowest-income students and is among the top 2 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT also is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 50 public national universities.