Lakewood Middle School Students Donate $850 to the Strand

Posted on November 18, 2020 By

Students from the Lakewood Middle School (LMS) donated $850 to the Strand Center for the Arts, 400 Clifton Avenue, as their way of expressing their thanks to the Strand for its continued support of their middle school band, orchestra, choral concerts; and dramatic performances.
To raise money, students decided to “dress down” on a designated day and pay a $1.00 donation. Students usually wear a navy polo and khaki pants each day to school, according to dress code policy of the Lakewood school district.

Richard Goldstein, the principal of the Lakewood Middle School, said that the dress code policy is one that students and their parents feel is important. “When I first became principal,” Goldstein said, “the survey I sent to parents and students was overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the dress code policy because it eliminates clothing competition among the students.”

According to Goldstein, students wanted to donate to the Strand because they have an interest in the performing arts. The Strand has always been generous in donating space for student
performances. Students and staff members also recognize that the Strand is a National Historic Landmark right here in Lakewood, and they feel strongly about supporting it.”

Glenn Harrison, president of the board of directors of Strand Ventures, said, “We are extremely grateful to the Lakewood Middle School students and staff members for their support. The members of the board send their heartfelt thanks for their donation. It means a lot to everyone and to the town.”

The Strand is a not-for-profit organization and relies on the generosity of the community and patrons to offset expenses to keep this National Historic Landmark open, especially during this difficult time. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit www. and click the donate button on the left, or go to the drop-down menu. Also, donors can make out a check to Strand Ventures and mail it to Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701.