Students of the Month
For years, our Lodge has recognized students from our schools who have been selected by their teachers and/or committee for their scholarly achievements. These students receive a framed certificate.
For the last fifteen years, Tony Sasso, Past Elk of the Year and Past Citizen of the Year, has volunteered time and materials to make the wooden frames for the certificates distributed monthly to each student of the month and also used for a variety of other Lodge awards. Over the years, Tony has made over fifteen hundred frames at no cost to the Lodge.
Once a year, the Elks sponsor a Hoop Shoot Contest. Students from our public and private schools are encouraged to participate. Winners from the local contest may go on to play with other winners from the district, and on to the State.
Drug and Alcohol Awareness (PRIDE)
Together with the Middlesex Drug Alliance, Middlesex Elks are quite aware of the challenges which our youth faces and are working together in teaching them the disastrous and sometimes fatal consequences due to drug and alcohol consumption. One of our most intense programs is the Elks PRIDE Conference held once a year in an area hotel and open to high school students throughout the State. Usually about four students from our High School and one chaperone are chosen to attend a three-day powerful conference. They have options to attend lectures/seminars given by highly recognized leaders in the field as well as workshops and discussions on the effects of drug and alcohol.
Elks Youth Week
“The youth of today are the future leaders of tomorrow.” On this premise, Elks Youth Week is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about leadership. Students from our schools are chosen to “shadow” the Governing Body of Middlesex Borough, the Board of Education, as well as Directors and/or members of various public and emergency services in town, i.e., Police, Rescue Squad, Office of Emergency Management, directors and member of the Department of Public Works. Those students who shadow the Mayor and Council as well as the members of the Board of Education get to sit in and conduct one of the regular meetings, thereby experiencing first-hand the activities and responsibilities of those in charge of our lives, here in Middlesex. They are also made aware of the many emergency services and rescue equipment we, here, are very fortunate to have.
Annual Awards Ceremony
Always a “full house” at Middlesex Elks. Our students receive a well-deserved acknowledgement for their many accomplishments. We are honored to welcome the mayor and/or his representative; the superintendent of schools; principals and teachers; parents and family members. District and State Elks Youth Activities Chairpersons are also invited to recognize our youth.
Together, we celebrate:
- Students of the Month who have been nominated during the school year.
- The elementary and middle school students each receive a ribbon and medal;
- High School Freshman, Sophomore and Junior students receive a personalized plaque;
- Senior students, in addition to the plaque, receive a gift certificate.
Student of the Year, nominated by his/her school’s guidance office. In addition to the personalized Plaque, he/she will receive a framed certificate and a gift certificate.
Alcohol and Drug Awareness: Students who attended the PRIDE Conference have an opportunity, and are truly enthusiastic to relate their experience and lessons they have learned during at the Conference.
Americanism Essay Contest. Winners of the contest read their essays and also receive a gift certificate.
Girl Scout Gold and Silver Awards. The young ladies who have received these awards are honored for their remarkable achievements. Each receive a monetary gift.
At the conclusion of the evening, everyone is invited to gather together for picture taking, dessert and beverage. This event is always a highlight for the youth of our borough.