June 8, 2015 – NEWARK, NJ – NJTV participated in last night’s New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards for Public Service, which celebrates volunteerism and achievements in community service. The annual event, held at the Newark Museum, featured Steve Adubato as Master of Ceremonies and Acting Governor Kim Guadagno as the keynote speaker. Honorees hailed from across the entire state of New Jersey. The recipients ranged from middle and high school students taking on projects with topics like human trafficking and literacy, to corporate citizens and other individuals tackling homelessness, hunger and cancer patient programs in their hometowns and beyond.
The NJTV Education Award was given to Jeffrey Peter Munsey, a custodian from Lambertville, who spent months working with school and state administrators, special interest groups and parents to find ways to make classrooms in his school better-suited for the special needs of autistic students. Several of the honorees from last night’s event will represent New Jersey at the National Jefferson Awards dinner in Washington, D.C. later this month. Founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard, the national Jefferson Awards is America’s highest honor for public service. Looking for ways to volunteer in New Jersey? This newly-established website through the Governor’s office (volunteerism.nj.gov) can help connect volunteers with organizations in need.