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Student, Parent Social Media Blitz Saves Principals' Jobs

Fighting to keep the jobs of their principal and vice principal, students posted pictures on Instagram. Parents commented on Facebook group pages. And, in a touch of old-school activism, eighth-graders circulated petitions by hand.

Now, it appears that the outpouring of support on social media had an effect: The Board of Education has reappointed the two administrators.

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/oakland-social-media-campaign-...

When they learned that their principal and vice-principal might not be reappointed, students posted pictures on Instagram, parents commented on Facebook and eighth-graders even circulated petitions by hand, fighting to keep the administrators’ jobs.

It appears that the outpouring of support on social media had an effect: The Board of Education reappointed Principal Gregg Desiderio and Vice Principal Jacqueline Christiano at Valley Middle School in Oakland, NJ, reported an article on NorthJersey.com.

"Social media is a beautiful thing, and I'm lucky I live in a generation where that is becoming the mainstream way of communicating," eighth-grader and student body president Dylan Balsamo told The Record.

Student Molly Dente added, "[The principal and vice principal] are great at what they do. They love helping children."

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