New Providence Education Foundation grants $67,872 to district schools

By Independent Press

The numbers are in! Casino Royale, The New Providence Education Foundation’s fundraiser in January was a resounding success! Combining the $40,000 brought in from the event and other fundraising efforts and community support, the Education Foundation has awarded $67,872 in educational grants to the district’s schools to fund 17 initiatives. As a result, students in every school in the New Providence School district will benefit from the NPEF grants for 2012-13.

“Proceeds from our flagship fundraiser, Casino Royale, pushed our 8 year total dollars raised as an organization to over $500,000. Coupled with our other events such as March Mayhem (which is scheduled for March 20), Men’s Poker Night, Ladies Night Out, (this year at the Summit Playhouse on April 27) and our Kindergarten Mixer, we are really pushing the NPEF to become even more involved in the school community. We instituted scholarships in 2011, we just presented the Board of Education with our largest grant funding amount ever at almost $68,000, and we are planning to team up with the NP Athletic Foundation for a golf outing to raise funds to replace the High School / Middle School outdoor marquis. I am very proud of the NPEF Board for rising to the occasion to take on so many worthwhile initiatives,” said foundation president Hugo Barth.

This year some of the initiatives funded include Digital Photography in the 21st Century and a Humanities Projector for the High School; iPads in the Middle School science classrooms; and for both Salt Brook and AWR elementary schools, Grammar & Mechanics in the digital age, Therapeutic Listening Programs and iPads in the science classroom.

Founded by a group of community volunteers, the foundation provides funds to support programs that would normally not be funded in the district school budget. Commented Teri Covello, Vice President, “This was my fourth year co-chairing Casino Royale and every year I am overwhelmed by the significant contributions of so many individuals and local businesses and how generously they step up to the plate to help us out! It is truly a testament to all of the great people who live in New Providence and how highly they value our teachers. What’s even more impressive is that after rescheduling the event due to Hurricane Sandy and taking a hit with flu season-we raised the most ever! Thank you to all!”

Teachers in all district schools submitted grant proposals for approval by school principals and Dr. David Miceli, superintendent of schools. The grant proposals were then reviewed by the 14-member board of the foundation and the grant check presented to the Board of Education at its January meeting.

Join in any of the exciting events planned or consider making a tax-deductible donation online at or mail your contribution to New Providence Education Foundation at P.O. Box 993, New Providence, NJ 07974.

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