Clark Educator Honored By Union County Human Relations Commission

CLARK — Clark resident Henry Varriano, a longtime educator with the Elizabeth School District and current Clark Board of Education member, was honored with the Unity Award for Achievement by an Educator by the Union County Human Relations Commission on May 2 in a ceremony in Union.

Varriano’s award recognized him for “emphasizing the importance of a learning environment that embraces the arts, culture, and citizenship and promotes and encompasses the entire community for the benefit of all students.”


Following his retirement as an elementary educator with the Elizabeth School District, Varriano was elected to the Clark Board of Education in 2003. In this role, Varriano has participated as a member of the Union County School Boards Association and the Union County Educational Services Commission.

Varriano is also actively involved in the Union County Italian-American Organization. Through his work with UNICO and the Clark Board of Education, Varriano has fostered the concept of citizenship, is a proponent of pride on one’s cultural heritage, and promotes respect for all cultures.

Varianno is a regular guest at countless school functions, both during and after school hours. He is a big proponent of the arts, he has served a major role in impacting the town’s academic and cultural arts arenas.

Unity Award winner Henry Varriano poses for a picture with Clark District guests at the 10th annual Unity Achievement Award Presentation in Union. Pictured from left to right are Vince Caputo, Director of Curriculum and Instruction; Colleen Gialanella, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services and Guidance; Christine Guerriero, Garwood Representative on the Clark Board of Education; and Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

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