Rahway Students Develop Job Skills, Help School Get Ready For Opening

RAHWAY — Members of project R.E.A.D.Y. (Recruitable, Employable, Academically Developed Youths) has been working hard at Rahway High School this summer to prepare the school for its Sept. 7 opening.

Led by Rahway High School teacher Trish Williams, this program targets students who plan to enter the workplace directly upon graduation and gives them employability skills through job coaching.


This hardworking crew of students has completed an astounding number and variety of tasks, cleaning, organizing and working in offices:

  • Cleaning the auditorium
  • Emptying and cleaning all lockers
  • Sorting and bagging clothing to be donated
  • Sorting and inventory of textbooks
  • Organization of book room
  • Cleaning all classrooms, including cleaning and de-gumming all desks and removing all furniture preparatory for floors to be waxed
  • Cleaning faculty lounge and refrigerator
  • Setting up bulletin boards throughout hallways schoolwide
  • Painting cabinets
  • Cleaning library and computer lab

Student Alexa Hernandez said, “This program has helped me to be more responsible,” while Patrick Jones was already asking during the first week if he would be eligible to participate next summer. Matthew Pinho said he learned that “it is important to make sure you return any equipment you use because you will be held responsible and “always listen to the boss.”

Staff who work in the building during the summer have also been giving these students accolades for their accomplishments. Williams has been very happy with the way the students have worked and hopes that the Board of Education will look at extending and expanding this program.

Rahway High School students moved all furniture out of classrooms in preparation for the floors being waxed. From left to right, Alexa Hernandez, Patrick Jones, Omar McNair

Students gather tools to begin a cleaning job, left to right, Mario Ortega, Saladin Muhammad, Alexa Hernandez, Omar McNair and bottom, Matthew Pinho.

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