From Max Weinstein’s article on The Progress website:
The Essex Valley School presented two Toyota employees with a plaque to cap a year of partnership on the school’s automotive program for students, on Tuesday, June 21 at Toyota’s Tristate headquarters in West Caldwell.
“For them to take time out for any type of learning experiences for the kids is a plus plus. They’re our friends on the block is how I look at it,” Perry Cecchini, who helps students at Essex Valley find employment, said of Vincent Favoritio and Mary Pat Pszcoia, the two honorees.
Essex Valley is an alternative school for children who have struggled in various New Jersey public school systems because of behavioral problems. Students almost all have difficult home lives as well.
“I don’t think I have one intact family,” Cecchini said.
The alliance started last year at a charity walk, when by happenstance Cecchini found himself talking to Pszcoia about the school’s auto shop, which at that time was under construction, and asked her if she would be willing to talk to students.