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Half Million!

The Trustees of the Marlboro Educational Foundation are pleased to share fantastic news with you! We recently reached the half million mark - that's $500,000 granted to programs in the Marlboro K-8 school district! When the Marlboro Educational Foundation was founded in 2000, its mission was to enhance the quality of education in the Marlboro Township K-8 School District by providing unencumbered funds to Marlboro Township teachers in support of their ideas on how to enrich the curriculum for their students-helping them bring their innovative ideas to life!

Over the past sixteen years the MEF's fundraisers have been celebrated and supported by the community. Our most profitable fundraising event has been the well-attended restaurant tasting, where many local favorite restaurants, eateries and confectioners provided delicious all-you-can-eat samples of their finest dishes and treats; and community businesses donated goods and services for a silent auction and gift basket raffle. We have also hosted wine tasting events, a children's music concert, and last year provided a very enthusiastic community building event by bringing the Harlem Wizards to Marlboro to battle the district's teachers in a basketball game! From smaller fundraising efforts such as "Warm Winter Wishes"- where families can donate to the Foundation in a district staff member's name (and they receive a beautiful certificate to hang in their office or classroom) to "Jeans on Monday" where teachers contributed to the Foundation and in exchange dress down on Monday-- support from our district and community has been crucial to our success.

Almost seventeen years later, our objective is more significant than ever. As public education folds more and more academic rigor through standardized testing and assessments, the Foundation provides an invaluable opportunity for the district's teachers; supporting their outside the box thinking and efforts to bring creativity and fun to the classroom. When teachers submit their grant applications they are carefully reviewed and voted on by the Foundation's Trustees. Consideration is given to ideas that align closely with our mission in addition to the number of students the grant will serve.

With the announcement of the MEF's 2016-17 awards came the exciting news that the Foundation has contributed $500,000 in grant monies! We were publicly thanked at the December 20 Marlboro K-8 Board of Education meeting.

Our President Lisa Naboulsi states, "The (Marlboro Educational Foundation) Trustees are a group of volunteers who work tirelessly. I am so proud of all of their hard work. Every student that has passed through the Marlboro schools has benefitted from at least one and probably several grants that the MEF has provided. It's so exciting that we have actually hit $500,000. That is a lot of enrichment!"

Thank you for your ongoing support!

FOUNDATION NEWS

Grant Spotlight

Students at Asher Holmes Elementary School worked collaboratively to build a robot with the guidance of the school media specialist.

The Meccanoid G15 is comprised of 600 pieces and was fully assembled by fifth graders. Students demonstrated perseverance, teamwork, and problem-solving skills to complete the project. All students are enjoying interacting with Meccanoid and looking forward to programming him with their own code in the future. Thanks to the Marlboro Educational Foundation who provided the funds for this project.

The related arts teachers at Asher Holmes Elementary School have built a MakerSpace in the media center that will bring new STEAM activities to its students. Circuits, a 3D printer, simple machines, and robots are a few features of the space that have influenced their students to tinker, create, and design.