East Brunswick Education Foundation760 Route 18East Brunswick, NJ 08816(732) 254-EBEF (3233)
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The East Brunswick Education Foundation Awards Four 3Rs Grants Totaling More than $52K to Kickstart the New School Year
A weather station to enhance the 8th grade science curriculum, a commercial grade laser/cutter/engraver to enrich teaching and learning in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) classes at Hammarskjold Middle School, a blended learning program that will make it possible for teachers to integrate science and literacy standards for 4th and 5th graders throughout the District, and finally, the equipment that will make it possible for all students from kindergarten to grade 7 to experience Disc Golf… The combined value of these projects, awarded by the East Brunswick Education Foundation (EBEF), to three of the district’s curriculum supervisors is over $52,000. These programs will positively impact thousands of students for years to come.
Science Supervisor Ryan Higgins and his Department Chair, Jessica Dibenedetti teamed up to submit both of the science grants. The goal of the first grant titled, “Earth Networks Weather Station,” is to upgrade 20 year old weather instruments. According to their website, “Earth Networks operates and maintains the world’s largest weather network, with 17,500+ neighborhood-level sensors installed at schools, stadiums and businesses where individuals live their lives.” The updated weather station with its increased sensors and access to this broad weather network will provide students greater opportunities to investigate weather-based phenomena using authentic data.
The second science related grant, “Super Science Readers,” allows for the purchase of a subscription to Scholastic’s SuperScience program that will provide every 4th and 5th grade student with a digital subscription to science themed articles that support the District’s science goals (consistent with the NJSLA-Science Standards), as well as the NJSLS-Language Arts and Science and Engineering Practices. By providing students with regular exposure to science-based non-fiction sources, students’ exposure to Tier 2 and 3 science vocabulary words will help build a strong foundation to support subject specific non-fiction reading in the middle school years and beyond.
Funding for “Cutting Edge Technology,” a grant submitted by the District’s Business/Practical Arts/Technology Supervisor, Andrew Scanlon, will be used to purchase a laser cutter/engraver for use in STEM electives and cycles at Hammarskjold Middle School. This cutting edge technology will serve two goals: 1.) It will complement the software that students are already using to design solutions to engineering challenges, and 2.) The learning related to construction will be enhanced as students will be able to apply problem solving and design skills to their projects. Students will be using industry-standard software and hardware to design and rapid prototype their solutions.
Thanks to a grant submitted by Erik Myer, Supervisor of Physical Education and Athletics, one more sport to the "sports for life" curriculum that is taught within the district's physical education program will be added and students in grades K - 7 will have the opportunity to experience Disc Golf. Funding will allow for the purchase of the equipment necessary for students to learn how to throw and aim a Frisbee at a target and to create a mobile disc golf course every elementary school and Hammarskjold Middle School.
The East Brunswick Education Foundation is proud to be able to fund these programs that fulfill its mission to enhance and enrich the education for students in the East Brunswick Public Schools
Due to continued pandemic restrictions, the EBEF was unable to hold its major fundraiser, the Annual Partner in Excellence Award and Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony as in previous years. The pandemic has not however stopped us from pursuing our mission of enhancing and enriching the curriculum. In lieu of the dinner, the EBEF has published a Celebrating Excellence journal to recognize the grants awarded to the many deserving teachers in the District as well as the efforts of all administrators, teachers and staff during these extraordinary times. Please click here to view the 2020-2021 journal.
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The East Brunswick Education Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation established in 1993 by parents, citizens and members of the local business community to support programs designed to enhance and enrich the curriculum in the East Brunswick Public Schools.The EBEF develops partnerships with local businesses. Community-wide events are sponsored by the Foundation. These efforts strengthen the ties between the schools, government, businesses, civic organizations and the residents of East Brunswick.Through its fundraising, the EBEF provides grants that enhance and enrich the curriculum in the East Brunswick Public School District. Below are some facts about the EBEF:
- Established in 1993 by local residents and businesses.
- Since 1993 the EBEF has raised over $2,000,000.
- In the EBEF's first year of operations, $1,500 in grants were distributed.
- Approximately $2,500,000 of grants have been distributed since 1993 while building an endowment fund of over $300,000.
- EBEF has no paid staff. Our organization is all volunteer with minimal administrative costs.
- Our grant process features a multi-level approval process. The process includes input from school administrators and professional educators.
- In addition to fundraising, the EBEF proactively seeks out grants and programs from major corporations and organizations to benefit East Brunswick schools. Without the EBEF, these grants and programs cannot be made directly to a public school and must be made to a 501(c)3 charity. Additionally, the EBEF helps to inform teachers of available grants as well as aiding in the complicated task of applying for corporate grants.
- EBEF grants funds for individual educational programs in East Brunswick's Public schools ranging from $25 to thousands every year. These grants fund amazing programs that may be outside the budget cycle or shouldn't be funded by taxes.
The East Brunswick Education Foundation is always looking for new members. We welcome all parents, concerned citizens, business leaders, teachers and administrators to volunteer.
Feel free to contact a member of the executive board or stop by a meeting. Meetings are held throughout the school year. Check out the schedule for meeting dates. All meetings take place in the Board of Education Public meeting room at 7:30 PM, 760 Route 18, East Brunswick, unless otherwise stated.