May 13, 2016
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County Government Hosts Student Leaders
Bridgeton, NJ – Cumberland County Freeholders and Department Heads will host 48 eighth grade students from 14 Schools though out the County. Freeholder Director Joe Derella said that “the operation of County Government is more involved that people realize. County Government Day is a great opportunity to share information about the inter - workings of County government with our future leaders”.
Deputy Director Darlene Barber said that “the New Jersey Association of Counties traditionally celebrates County Government during the Month of April. However, since Cumberland County provides opportunities for students to shadow the Freeholders and Department Heads, Cumberland is celebrating in May to ensure that there is no interference with the State Testing in our school districts. Deputy Director Barber said that the Freeholder Board and County Departments are so pleased to be able to share information about County Government and hopefully inspire our youth to begin thinking about future careers in County Government”.
After daytime program, students shadowing Freeholders and the Clerk to the Board will participate in a mock Freeholder Meeting that will begin at 5:30 PM on Tuesday May 17, 2016 at the County Administration Building located at 164 West Broad Street, Bridgeton, NJ. The meeting will be taped by SNJ Today and aired on Channel 22.
Schools that participated in the program include students from Landis Intermediate, Veterans Memorial, Rossi, Wallace, Vineland Public Charter, St. Mary, Quarter Mile Lane, Cherry Street, Woodruff, Hopewell Crest, Downe Township, Stow Creek, Lakeside and Cumberland Christian. County Administrator Ken Mecouch said “on behalf of the entire County Family, we thank the School Districts, Educators and Parents for allowing the students to participate in this most worthwhile program”.