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About Us
The Academic Booster Club is made up of parents and grandparents who believe in the power of academics to transform lives. Our mission is twofold: to foster a passionl for learning through exciting, hands-on activities - science and history fairs, the annual poetry festival, and the popular Let's Learn summer program among them - and to reward and celebrate academic achievement, with scholarships for Nutley High School seniors, the annual Honor Society Dinner, and the upcoming Academic Hall of Fame..

Join us!

You can make a difference in the academic life of Nutley's students. We welcome your input, your enthusiasm, and your time - whether you can give us lots or just a little. We meet on the second Thursday of every month from September through May at 7:30 p.m. in the Spring Garden School library, and would love to see you there. For more information, contact us at
Co-Presidents: Leslie Garisto Pfaff and Luisa Frey Gaynor


Every year the Academic Booster Club awards three scholarships to deserving Nutley High School seniors. The Chuck Appel Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, is awarded on the basis of high academic achievement. The Dr. James J. Fadule, Jr., Scholarship, in the amount of $500, goes to a student who plans on pursuing a career in education. And the Gisela Wiedersich Scholarship, in the amount of $500, goes to a student entering vocational school. For more information about our scholarships, contact the guidance office at Nutley High School or e-mail us at

Poetry Festival

For budding poets and devotees of poetry, the Academic Booster Club's autumn poetry festival celebrates the joy of the spoken word. Students in grades 1 through 6 can read an original poem of their own or a favorite poem by another writer in this noncompetitive event held annually since 2002. Following the event, all poems are posted in the Nutley Public Library and on the Academic Booster Club web site, and are collected in a commemorative booklet distributed to all participants. Last year's festival was enlivened by guest speaker and local poet Pat Ritacco - and by all the talented and enthusiastic young readers who came together to share a love for poetry - "the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds" (Percy Bysse Shelley).

Let's Learn

For two decades, the highly successful Let's Learn summer program has brought its hands-on approach to learning to Nutley students entering grades 1 through 7. From Math Games and Science Discovery to The Books of Harry Potter, courses are taught by certified area teachers and designed to be both entertaining and educational. Classes are held in the mornings and run for four weeks in July. All eligible students will receive notification of the program and an application in the spring, through their homeroom teachers.

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