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Fair Lawn Special Ed Association Holds 20th Anniversary Gala

Starfish Award Recipient Melanie Boyan (center, in green) and the 2015-16 FLASE officers
Starfish Award Recipient Melanie Boyan (center, in green) and the 2015-16 FLASE officers Photo Credit: Christine McKenna Alfano

FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- Melanie Boyan, a special education teacher at the Thomas Jefferson Middle School, was named the 13th annual Starfish Award Recipient at the 20th annual gala of the Fair Lawn Association for Special Education (FLASE) on Saturday.

The Starfish Award goes to an "unsung hero" in the district who goes above and beyond to make a difference in the life of a child with special needs.

"It is beautiful to see all children in Fair Lawn afforded such opportunities to reach their greatest potential and know that they live in a strong united community that supports them and their needs," said dinner-dance guest Luz Corredor of the Corredor Cleaning Crew.

Board of Education member Jeffrey Klein said "having a consistent BoE presence at the FLASE Gala is symbolic of the town's commitment to all students' successes."

Hosted by FLASE Co-Presidents Ana Romano and Mel Jerchower and the Dinner Dance Committee, the Riverside Manor gala in Paterson featured a gift basket auction of prizes donated by local supporters.

The parent/teacher FLASE serves all families of children receiving special education services through the Fair Lawn School District. It assists families through the special education maze from 3 years old until he or she turns 21.

FLASE sponsors additions to the extended school year program, classroom materials, scholarships for graduates, field trips, book fairs and staff appreciation events. It also holds support group meetings for parents of special-needs children.

MORE INFO: Contact Member Services Chair Carmelina Gregorio at carmelina.gregorio@gmail.com

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