Toms River Math Teacher Remembered For Kindness, Generosity

Nearly $33,000 has been contributed to care for the three children of 35-year-old Jena LeRiche, a wife and math teacher at Intermediate East in Toms River who died on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Jena LeRiche with her family

Jena LeRiche with her family

Photo Credit: GoFundMe

"The world lost a beautiful mother, wife, daughter, sister, teacher and friend, Jena LeRiche, far too soon," reads a GoFundMe launched for her children's education. "Jena's greatest treasure in life was her family."

Additionally, Mayor Mo Hill and Police Chief Mitch Little presented over $3,400 raised by Township employees and officers to Superintendent Mike Citta during the Toms River Board of Education meeting on Jan. 18 on behalf of Jena's family.

"Those who knew her best make it abundantly clear how selfless she was, and how she thought about everyone else before herself, a relentlessly dedicated mom and teacher. She was incredibly patient and kind, never complained, and challenged her students appropriately, in turn raising their level of self-esteem," Superintendent Michael Citta said of Jena.

To view/donate to the GoFundMe, click here.

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