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Roxbury Schools Support Roxbury Police with a Day of Blue


Roxbury Schools Support Roxbury Police with a Day of Blue 


ROXBURY, NJ (March 3, 2017) - The Roxbury Township School District family heard the call of need from the Roxbury Police Department like they so often hear ours and as a district we came together for a day of blue to show our support for the men and women in this community who protect us and come when they hear our call. 

Roxbury Township Schools collected donations over the past week to help the Roxbury Police Department reach its goal of sending 17 members of its force to ride in this year’s Police Unity Tour from Flemington, NJ to Washington, D.C. on May 12th as a remembrance of retired Roxbury Police Lieutenant Joe Franklin. 

Franklin died last year during the Police Unity Tour after being involved in a serious crash involving several bicycles. 

This whole movement got started after a Tap Into Roxbury article on February 22nd where a Roxbury cop made a reluctant plea for bike tour sponsors. Roxbury Police Patrolman Silvio Valdes made this request at a Roxbury Chamber of Commerce meeting where he explained that it would cost $1,850 per rider and that the team would need to raise $31,450 to send all 17 riders on this tour. 

The Tap Into Roxbury article sent this fundraiser viral. After seeing this article Roxbury residents and families wanted to get involved and members of the Roxbury Schools community asked on the Kennedy School Facebook page how they could help or how the schools could get involved to help Valdes and the Police reach their fundraising goal. 

Eric Renfors, Kennedy School Principal took over from there and he spearheaded the Roxbury Schools donation collection and encouraged a day of blue where staff and students were asked to wear blue for the day to support the Roxbury Police Department and this endeavor. 

Renfors put a call out to his fellow schools in district to see who would be interested in being a part of this movement. 

“I asked my colleagues that on Friday, March 3, 2017, all members of the Roxbury School District, students and staff, wear blue to show support for our friends in blue and students and staff who wear blue are encouraged to bring in a donation which will be given directly to the Roxbury PBA to support their riders. We want to be the ones to push them over the top,” shared Renfors. 

The Unity Tour Team as of this morning was just shy of $3,100 from meeting its goal according to their page. 

Six of the seven schools agreed to collect donations and all would wear blue on Friday, March 3rd. Roxbury officers dressed either uniform or their unity tour attire visited each of the schools to see the outpouring of support that families in this community have for those who serve and protect it and to personally collect the student donations. 

Unfortunately, due to the cold temperatures, the sea of blue was hard to see but was there in spirit with cheers and clapping by the students and staff with some schools even chanting ROXBURY and giving the officers high fives! 

Eisenhower Middle School decided not to collect donations at this time as they do a large Police Unity Tour kick-off in May for the same event as part of its Civics class and Character Education program. 

PHOTOS ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury Public Schools)

Franklin Photos

Justin Rosa (Gr 3) and John Varhaul (Gr 3) at Franklin School

Justin Rosa (Gr 3) and John Varhaul (Gr 3) with Roxbury Police

L/R Students at Franklin for Read Across America with Kerry Battalia’s Class


Jefferson Photos

Derek (Gr K) and Dean Adone (father and Roxbury Officer) at Jefferson School

Superintendent Loretta Radulic and Silvio Valdes at Jefferson School


Kennedy Photos

Silvio (father and Roxbury Officer) and Jalen (Gr 2) Valdes at Kennedy


Nixon Photos

Samantha Pizzuto (Gr 4), Gabriella Zaki (Gr 4), Haley Amadori (Gr 4) at Nixon

Samantha Pizzuto (Gr 4), Gabriella Zaki (Gr 4), Haley Amadori (Gr 4) with Roxbury Police

Samantha (Gr 4), Steve (Uncle and Roxbury Officer), Colton (1) Curtiss and Roxbury Police

Colton (Gr 1), Steve, and Samantha (Gr 4) Curtiss at Nixon

Colton (Gr 1) and Samantha (Gr 4) Curtiss supporting their Uncle Steve Curtiss, a Roxbury Officer at Nixon


L/R Fifth Grade Representatives (pictured left to right) Oluwatumise Ogunyankin (Gr 5), Brady Rawla (Gr 5), Christopher DiTrolio (Gr 5) with Roxbury Police

Carly (Gr 5) and Steve Curtiss (father and Roxbury Officer) with Roxbury Unity Tour

L/R Sixth Grade Representatives (pictured left to right) Oluwakamiye Ogunyankin (Gr 6), Leah Bauder (Gr 6), Stephen Whiteman (Gr 6)


Roxbury Police, Roxbury High School Principal Jeff Swanson, and Jim Simonetti (former Roxbury Police Chief and current Director of Security for  Roxbury Schools)




For more information, contact: Roxbury Community Relations coordinator Ann Rhodes at or 973-584-7699.



Roxbury Public Schools is a K-12 school district preparing the children of today for tomorrow. As a dynamic and thriving district, in partnership with a supportive and collaborative community, Roxbury Public Schools inspires and empowers all learners to flourish as ethical and global citizens in the 21st century. The district serves students throughout Roxbury Township, New Jersey, including the areas of Landing, Kenvil, Succasunna, Ledgewood, Mount Arlington, Port Morris, Flanders, and Wharton. Connect with us online at or on Facebook at