School Addresses Specific Community Needs With a Caring Approach

Brigantine Elementary School, Brigantine, N.J.

Brigantine’s Strategic Planning Committee has built a caring school community using a comprehensive, intentional approach designed to address specific community needs. Demographic changes have dramatically affected the district and the school, prompting development of a plan and a homegrown program to meet the needs of the increasingly diverse population. The result: being named the Kindest School in New Jersey four times. According to principal Don Marrandino, “Our goal at Brigantine Elementary is to teach children at a very young age to make good ethical decisions. Part of that process is learning how to have power over your own behavior. When children make the right choices, they are empowering themselves to be the best they can be.”

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