President’s Message 4/27/20

Hello, SCEA!

Let’s start with the positive. Since the middle of March, we have proven beyond doubt what we have always suspected: public educators are the most resourceful, creative, irrepressible, and powerful force in our society. Even under normal circumstances, our jobs are challenging. Whether you teach AP calculus, kindergarten, or nonverbal autism students, whether you prepare lunches, secure our hallways, or clean our buildings, you have found ways to do your job WELL. Not even a global pandemic can stop us!

While we continue to shine as brightly as ever, other facets of society have dimmed. In addition to the obvious health risks all around us, many have experienced a sudden loss of income. In addition to creating new food, housing, and financial insecurities, this exacerbates the societal problems that already existed. Having a strong union protecting our jobs and incomes has been more worthwhile than ever. Nevertheless, many of our members and families, as well as our students and communities, are suffering.

It is critical for those who are able to share what blessings they can. To that end, the SCEA has made donations to several food banks throughout Somerset County. I encourage you to do the same if you are comfortable enough to do so. We have to look out for each other. Here are links to some area food banks who need our help:

Franklin Food Bank

Hillsborough Food Bank (Community Assistance Network)

Montgomery Food Pantry
(make checks payable to: Montgomery Food Pantry)
Mail to: Montgomery Food Pantry, 356 Skillman Rd., Skillman NJ 08558

As always, thank you so much for everything you do!

Dan Epstein
Somerset County Education Association


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