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NJM Insurance Group and Burlington County Institute of Technology Announce Recipients of Workplace Safety Scholarships

WEST TRENTON, NJ – August 18, 2020 – NJM Insurance Group (NJM), a leading property and casualty insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region, is proud to announce the recipients of its workplace safety scholarship, in partnership with Burlington County Institute of Technology (BCIT). The scholarship totals $10,000 in awards to five BCIT students and is designed to promote workplace safety.

Each winner has been awarded $2,000 toward their tuition and safety training. The scholarship, established in celebration of NJM’s 100th anniversary as a member of the National Safety Council (NSC), highlights NJM’s century-long commitment to workplace safety and community development.

The five winners of the scholarship are:

  • Kira Tabaco of Moorestown, who will continue her education at BCIT in the Adult Education Dental Radiology Program to become a Dental Hygienist;
  • Gianna Fantauzzi of Browns Mills, who will continue her education at Rowan College at Burlington County in the Radiography program;
  • Aleyna Kangal of Beverly, who will continue on the pre-med track at Rutgers University;
  • Tobiah Powell of Willingboro, who will study computer science at Rutgers University; and
  • Kinzey Paul of Burlington, who will study drafting in architecture and construction at Rowan College at Burlington County.

“With over 100 years of experience protecting employees, NJM remains committed to workplace safety, and ensuring the next generation of workers have that same awareness as they embark on their career paths,” said Tracy McManimon, SVP & Chief Underwriting Officer of NJM. “We are fortunate to have an institution like BCIT to support technical education in New Jersey, and we know these students will go on to do spectacular work in their fields.”

BCIT services Burlington County, New Jersey’s largest county, with campuses in Medford and Westampton. The institute offers a robust curriculum and apprenticeship programs in key industries. Last December, BCIT’s Adult Education program achieved Middle States Accreditation, validating the school’s quality, student achievement, and commitment to adult education.

“As a result of the generous scholarship opportunity sponsored by NJM, commemorating a century as a member of the National Safety Council, five BCIT seniors from the Class of 2020 will have a great start as they prepare to transition to their Career and Technical Education, post-secondary career pathways,” said Dr. Lisa J. English, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Burlington County Institute of Technology. “On behalf of the entire BCIT learning community, we would like to congratulate our scholarship recipients and to thank NJM, and the National Safety Council for their partnerships with our district, as well as their ongoing commitment to student achievement and safety.”

About NJM Insurance Group

NJM is New Jersey’s leading workers’ compensation insurance provider and among the leaders in personal auto and homeowners insurers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Founded in 1913, NJM’s mission is to provide value-based personal and commercial insurance solutions with the highest levels of service, integrity, and financial stewardship.

The Company’s enduring commitment to safety can be traced back to its earliest days, from improving conditions in manufacturing facilities to keeping drivers safe on our roadways. More information is available at

About BCIT

The Burlington County Institute of Technology community cultivates a positive, student-centered environment where learners develop a toolkit of career and technical education skills aligned to real-world application, and the ability to successfully transition from school to career. 

BCIT students develop a level of mastery in preparation to become college and career ready, while participating in learning opportunities which provide the ability to obtain stackable, industry recognized credentials, college credits, and a depth of knowledge aligned with multiple career major pathways. More information is available at

About the National Safety Council

The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where they can make the most impact. More information is available at

Education Feature Stories

Bellmawr School District Releases Restart & Recovery Plan for Education

The Road Back – Restart and Recovery Plan for Education 2020-2021 Reopening Academic Plan for the Bellmawr School District was presented at the August 5, 2020 Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

Core Beliefs & Guiding Principles for Reopening Bellmawr Schools:

  • Health and Safety: for all students and staff
  • Communication: Ongoing among all constituents
  • Learning: Uphold the integrity of instructional programs
  • Engagement: Ensure equitable access for all students
  • Wellness: Prioritize social and emotional needs and development
  • Empathy: Caring for one another

Survey Responses

Parents/Guardians were recently surveyed.

One survey question asked: “Given the current situation, what do you believe would be the best course of action for the district in September?”

Parents/Guardians also responded about having their child/ children return to school physically at half capacity following social distancing guidelines.

Parents/Guardians also responded about how they felt about the various precautions being put in place.


  • Temperature screenings will be conducted upon entering school.
  • Isolation rooms will be utilized.
  • All visitors will be screened prior to admittance into the building.
  • Bellmawr staff will conduct self-screenings at home.

Social Distancing

  • All students are sitting at 6 feet apart with the class size from 10-12 students per class.
  • All special area classes are held in the classroom to limit the mixing of cohorts.
  • Grades K-4 lunch will be held in classrooms.
  • Grades 5-8, students will eat lunch in the cafeteria of 6-feet apart.

Face Coverings

  • Parents/Guardians have been asked to begin working on mask or face covering “endurance” so that the child/children are comfortable wearing and gradually building up the time they can tolerate wearing them.
  • There is an exemption for medical concerns.

Enhanced Cleaning Procedures

The district has comprehensive cleaning procedures for all buildings that are being expanded in response to COVID-19.

Extra Curricular Activities

Until February 1, 2021, field trips, extra curricular activities and clubs have been cancelled. There will be no assemblies.

Hybrid Schedule Option 1

Remote Learning Option 2

Special Education

First day of school for students is Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Plans are still fluid until the final number of students is ascertained.

Parents/Guardians should be prepared to pivot in the event of school closure.

To view the entire Power Point Presentation, click the image below:

Education Recent News

Bellmawr School District Restart & Recovery Plan to Be Presented August 5; Open Seat on the BOE?

The Bellmawr Board of Education will be holding a Special Meeting on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm in the Bell Oaks Gymnasium to present the Restart and Recovery Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year. Formal action may take place.

Public attendees will be limited to one person per household, masks will be required, and no children will be admitted to ensure the health and safety of all present.

Individual seating will be socially distant. In the event that attendance reaches the maximum allowed under the Governor’s indoor event guidelines, further admission into the building will be closed.

The meeting will be streamed remotely for those who do not attend; details will be posted on the public agenda prior to the meeting, which is available via the district website

Open Seat on the BOE?

We are working to find out if there is a truth to the rumor that there will be an open seat on the BOE due to a member having recently moved. We emailed the Bellmawr School District’s Board Secretary/Business Administrator on July 29, 2020 to ask and will provide an update once that information is received.


We received the following email response from Patrick Doyle on July 30 at 11:31 a.m.

Hi Anne,

We actually just received Ms. [Jody] Mangus’ resignation letter effective 7/31/2020, so we will add it to the agenda for Wednesday’s special meeting; the board doesn’t have to accept the resignation but we’ll add it anyway just to memorialize everything.

Patrick Doyle
School Business Administrator
Bellmawr Public Schools

Education Recent News

Mt. Ephraim School District Offers Free Programs for Children With Disabilities

Child Find Programs for children with disabilities are available through your local school district.

  • Are for eligible children ages 3 to 21 years
  • Are free (regardless of income)
  • Are staffed by caring, certified professionals
  • Are designed to meet individual student’s needs

Mt. Ephraim Public Schools
225 W. Kings Hwy. Mt. Ephraim, NJ 08059
Phone: (856) 931-7807 ext. 6061

Programas para Niños con Discapacidades

Disponible a través de su distrito escolar local
• Son elegibles para niños de edades de 3 a 21 años
• Gratis (independientemente de los ingresos)
• Cuentan con profesionales que cuidan, certificados
• Están diseñados para satisfacer las necesidades individuales de los estudiantes

Mt. Ephraim Public Schools
225 W. Kings Hwy. Mt. Ephraim, NJ 08059
Fon: (856) 931-7807 ext. 6061

Education Feature Stories

Dunkin’ Awards 25 High School Seniors & College Students With $2,000 in Academic Scholarships to the Institution of Their Choice

Philadelphia, PA. (July 21, 2020) – Dunkin’ and its greater Philadelphia-area franchisees, in partnership with Scholarship America, today announced the recipients of its eleventh annual Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program. The program helps high school seniors and
college students in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Kent and New Castle counties in Delaware pursue a part-time or full-time undergraduate degree at the institution of their choice.

From more than 1,500 applicants, Dunkin’ and Scholarship America selected 25 students to receive a $2,000 academic scholarship to an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school of their choice for fall 2020.

Dunkin’s Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program was open to current part-time and full-time undergraduate students and high school seniors. Dunkin’ awarded a total of $50,000 to the 25 recipients who were selected based on their academic records, demonstrated leadership skills, and overall commitment to their schools and local communities.

To date, the Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program has awarded $450,000 in scholarships to 275 outstanding high school seniors and college students. The program was founded in 2009 by Dunkin’s Philadelphia-area franchisees as a way to ease the financial burden of college for students throughout the region.

“On behalf of my fellow franchisees, we are honored to award these 25 exceptional students with the 2020 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarships,” said Perry Shah, local Dunkin’ franchisee and Philadelphia regional advertising committee chairman. “We are so proud to see the scholarship program continue to grow each year and support students in our local
communities. It is an honor to have the opportunity to further students’ educational goals and we look forward to the amazing achievements of these future leaders.”

To celebrate their 2020 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship, each of the student recipients will enjoy a special visit at their residence from the Dunkin’ Community Cruiser.

From July 30th through August 11th, Dunkin’ and its Community Cruiser will celebrate each student by providing a well-deserved coffee break to the recipient’s family and friends. The schedule for the Dunkin’ Community Cruiser visits will be shared with media next week.

The 2020 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship recipients are as follows:

Atlantic County, NJ
• Alexa Lovell-Thompson: Northfield, NJ, Mainland Regional High School
Berks County, PA
• Ethan Kraycik: Douglassville, PA, Berks Catholic High School
Bucks County, PA
• Chris Abraham: Furlong, PA, Central Bucks High School East
• Natalie Yim: Doylestown, PA, Central Bucks High School West
• Gavin Campbell: Chalfont, PA, Central Bucks High School South
Burlington County, NJ
• Arshia Kumar: Burlington, NJ, Burlington City High School
• Veronica Figueroa: Burlington, NJ, Bishop Eustace Preparatory School
Camden County, NJ
• Hannah Crane: Laurel Springs, NJ, Sterling High School
• Andrew Pasco: Haddonfield, NJ, Bishop Eustace Preparatory School
Chester County, PA
• Vijay Anne: Exton, PA, B. Reed Henderson High School
Delaware County, PA
• Talia Snyder: Boothwyn, PA, Chichester High School
• Jake Dunning: Wallingford, PA, Strath Haven High School
Gloucester County, NJ
• Madison Kelly: Sewell, NJ, Paul VI High School
• Abigail Brown: Mickleton, NJ, Kingsway Regional High School
• Allison Martin: Woodbury, NJ, Woodbury Junior/Senior High School
Mercer County, NJ
• Nicholas Vellenga: Ewing, NJ, Ewing High School
• Kaitlyn Young: Robbinsville, NJ, Robbinsville High School
Montgomery County, PA
• Andrew Talone: Norristown, PA, La Salle College High School
• Alyssa Charlton: Glenside, PA, Mount Saint Joseph Academy
• Miah Gresh: Schwenksville, PA, Perkiomen Valley High School
New Castle County, DE
• Sam Oberly: Wilmington, DE, Concord High School
Northampton County, PA
• Olivia Watson: Easton, PA, Easton Area High School
Philadelphia County, PA
• Cianni Williams: Philadelphia, PA, Germantown Academy
• Jessica Lvov: Philadelphia, PA, Central High School
Salem County, NJ
• Leigha Jackson: Pittsgrove, NJ, Arthur P Schalick High School

About Dunkin’:

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 14 years running.

The company has more than 13,100 restaurants in 41 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit

About Scholarship America:

Scholarship America was founded in 1958, on the revolutionary idea that community support of scholarships could bring college education within reach for millions of students who couldn’t otherwise afford it. Today, we continue those efforts to make post-secondary success a possibility for all students.

Scholarship America supports 13,000 scholarship and education
assistance programs across the nation and around the world.