TRENTON – The Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey said today it awarded a total of $25,000 in School Foundation Initiative grants to create or rebuild education foundations in six communities.
The following foundations will each receive $5,000: Clayton Public Schools (Gloucester County), Glen Rock Education (Bergen County), Long Beach Island Education (Ocean County), and Roosevelt Public School Education (Hudson County).
Two others – Friends of Elysian Charter School and High Point Regional Education Foundation – will each receive $2,500.
An education foundation is a private nonprofit organization established locally that works with the school district to provide funding for programs or purchases that the public school would otherwise do without. The grants are intended to provide technical and financial support.
“Education foundations have been extraordinarily effective at tapping the energy and expertise of local residents in fundraising efforts that pay for items such as technology, field trips, scholarships and enrichment programs,” said Stephanie Duckworth, ELFNJ director, in a statement. “However, education foundations are operating in about one in four New Jersey school districts, so there still remains a great need for these kinds of public-private partnerships to benefit schools.”
The School Foundation Initiative is a two-year pilot program sponsored by ELFNJ, an affiliate of the New Jersey School Boards Association.