Jason Lippart, freshman guidance counselor at Rumson-Fair Regional High School, was honored recently for his many contributions to the students of Long Branch. An award ceremony and reception were held on the lawn of the City of Long Branch Housing Authority on June 22.

The seed for what grew into a large body of charitable work was planted when Mr. Lippart was employed as a case manager for the Long Branch Housing Authority from 2007 through 2010. “Through my work for the Housing Authority, I discovered that I really wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of the Long Branch students, many of whom had families struggling to make ends meet,” he said. For many years running, Mr. Lippart has spent his spare time making a number of presentations at the Long Branch Housing Authority on topics such as navigating the college application process as well as applying for scholarships and financial aid.

In his current position as well as his role as advisor to two RFH student organizations, Character Education Club and Student Ambassadors, he has worked with civic-minded RFH students to organize initiatives to benefit the Long Branch students. Most recently, the RFH Character Education Club collected a bounty of school supplies to outfit Long Branch students with backpacks and other school essentials.

This past winter, he and the RFH Character Education Club students teamed up with students from Evolve in Long Branch and with the Long Branch Housing Authority to organize and ship items collected at RFH to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Their efforts resulted in the delivery of over 40 boxes containing the comforts of home to grateful members of U.S.military units.

At RFH, Mr. Lippart is responsible for the Freshman Guidance Curriculum and has overhauled the program in order to ease students’ transitions from grade school into high school. In addition to serving as advisor to the Character Education Club and the Student Ambassadors Club, he is a member of the School Climate Team, a faculty organization devoted to promoting a positive school environment for students. He is also a member of the school’s Intervention and Referral Services Team as well as the school’s Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Prevention Specialist. In addition, he is an active member of the National Association of College Admission Counselors as well as the Monmouth County School Counselors Association. He has given presentations on “Financial Aid and Paying for College” at National College Fairs, and has presented on “Software Development for School Counselors” at Richard Stockton College in Galloway, New Jersey.

Mr. Lippart plans to not only continue but also build upon his relationship with the Long Branch Housing Authority, and is planning to offer new workshops to help keep the Long Branch students motivated and hopeful about their future goals.  “Like other educators, I chose this profession not for public accolades, but because I recognized the impact I could have on the lives of students,” he said. “When you view it from this perspective, we can all be educators by choosing to have a positive influence on the youth in our communities.”

Mr. Lippart received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with minors in both Sociology and Gender Studies from Monmouth University in West Long Branch. Also from Monmouth University, he earned his Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling and a Post-Master’s Endorsement for Educational Counseling. In addition to serving as a Freshman Guidance Counselor and Club Advisor, he helps to coach the RFH football team and is head coach of the RFH girls’ spring track and field team.

“I hope my small contribution of time and energy has had a positive impact on the lives of these wonderful kids from Long Branch,” said Mr. Lippart. “I also hope that more people realize that even if they are not formal educators, they still have the ability to impact the next generation in a positive way.”

Photo caption — Celebrating at the awards ceremony on June 22 are, from left to right, Anthony Green of the Long Branch Housing Authority, his fiancée Tanya DiDonna, and Giovannina and Jason Lippart.