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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PURPOSE
The Pleasantville High school (PHS) Alumni Association’s purpose is “to promote the Educational Programs, Goals and objectives of the Pleasantville Public Schools, to serve the students and families of the district and its alumni, and encourage alumni to maintain ongoing contact with the district and other alumni.” The Alumni Association is a tax-exempt organization that derives its operating expenses from membership dues support from the Board of Education, area Business Sponsorship.
The success of our Alumni Association will depend on support and involvement from our alumni. We encourage all PHS graduates to become active by maintaining a membership in the Alumni Association, and participating in Association-or school sponsored events.
The PHS Alumni Association meets the second Tuesday of every month, 5:30 p.m., PHS Conference Room, Main Office
The alumni Association Executive Board meets monthly, on the second Monday. Please call (609) 383-6800 ext 2538 for additional information.
PRESIDENT: Jonathan Diego
VICE PRESIDENT: Mia McKenzie
TREASURER Jonathan Diego
SECRETARY Ernestine Smith
PHS Alumni Association Given Donation for Cornerstone
Pleasantville High School Alumnus James J. Copsey of Absecon made a generous donation to the PHS Alumni Association in exchange for a 1964 cornerstone retrieved at the 2006 demolition of the old PHS. Copsey, a 1964 graduate, presented a check April 30 to Ernestine Smith, the district's Community Engagement Coordinator, a PHS alumna.
Copsey said both he and his father (the owner of Copsey's Restaurant) graduated from PHS and that former Principal Skender Avrami was instrumental in his becoming a productive member of society.
A fragment of one of the inscribed plaques that were mounted on the building's exterior was also given to Copsey. It was from the inscription, "Enter that you may learn, go forth that you may serve," of which a portion was saved from the demolition. He said that those words were inspiration to him as a student. Smith added that many alumni have told her how those exterior sayings influenced their lives.
PHS Alumnus Charles Irwin of Pleasantville saved both the cornerstone and plaque portion during the demolition and donated both to the Alumni Association. Last fall, Irwin was center stage at PHS opening the sealed cornerstone to alumni gathered in the audience. Inside the container were copies of The Press, the Mainland Journal, and the school's Greyhound newspaper, as well as other mementos.