UPstander Initiative

"Families that eat together stay together."

-Maria Romeo, Owner of Dolce Bagel

In Barnegat, we believe in family. We also believe in helping students become the best versions of themselves, and facilitating a positive school climate. 


And that's why in the 2018-2019 school year, the Guidance & Counseling department is launching the UPstanders initiative. Through this program, one altruistic student per school will be recognized monthly at our Board of Education meetings. These students will be nominated by building administrative and counseling staff.

To reward these students, we are granting them with a $50 gift card to a local restaurant. Parents will sign a contract to consent to bring the whole family—bringing back the idea of a family dinner and family togetherness.

Sponsors will be funding six $50 gift cards per month of sponsorship. In compensation for local business participation, we will honor these businesses on our Barnegat Township School District homepage for their respective sponsoring months. These sponsors have the option to include a coupon for their sponsored month, further incentivizing patrons of the BTSD webpage to be patrons of the sponsoring business.


UPstander Qualifying Criteria:

Outstanding citizenship, indicated by:

1 or more acts of advocating for their fellow student(s); and/or

1 or more acts of kindness, and/or

1 or more acts of facilitating community/teamwork, and/or

1 or more acts of leading a group positively.

Traits indicated by an UPstander:

Compassion, trustworthiness, advocacy, integrity, positivity.

The UPstander Cycle

  Family togetherness leads to
Increased sense of belonging, which leads to
Positive behaviors, which leads to
UPstanding school climate, which leads to
Student recognition, which leads to
Family dinner, which leads to
Family togetherness.

A special thanks to our

2018-2019 UPstander sponsors:





Sweet Jenny’s


Pressed for Thyme


Contact Leah Purpuri, District Supervisor of Guidance, via for UPstander sponsorship reservations for the 2019-2020 school year.