Berkeley Heights Education Foundation Makes a Difference

June 3, 2014 at 4:23 PM

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Education Foundation (BHEF) awarded more than $25,000 in grants this year to support programs and technology across all schools in the district.  These grants were made possible thanks to the generous support of our Partners in Education (including Suburban Optik, Gabriele Fitness & Performance, and The Connell Company), and all of the individual and local business supporters of the foundation.

During a very busy and productive year, the BHEF supported a wide range of educational enrichment across the school district.  A small sample of the programs funded by BHEF grants includes:

  • Pasco Airlink Bluetooth adapters and software for science experiments (the Marsha Miller Grant for Outstanding Innovation)
  • Rachel’s Challenge: a comprehensive anti-bullying and student-empowering program
  • A mobile science lab station, recess yoga lessons, guitars and accessories
  • The New York Times’ “Upfront” magazine – spurred discussion and debate about current events
  • A professional photographer led tour of Grand Central Terminal.

The BHEF was also able to create special learning experiences at both Governor Livingston High School (GL) and Columbia Middle School.  At GL, Honors Biology students attended a special program at Liberty Science Center, called “Live From Surgery.” With the aid of a live feed, the students witnessed a live kidney transplant that took place  in a specially equipped operating room.  Throughout the surgery, the doctor talked to the students and gave them the opportunity to ask questions.  The students also learned about the education paths and responsibilities of the medical staff and interacted with these professionals during the live surgery.  This program was specially funded through a Partnership with Summit Medical Group.

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For the second year in a row, the BHEF funded a special 7th grade writing program at Columbia Middle School.  Authors Annie Lanzillotto and Audrey Kindred developed yet another new and inspiring program.  This year, students dove into the challenging text of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, meeting weekly with the writers to develop writing projects focusing on the sounds of words, the rhythms in lines and how their thoughts can become poetry.  The program culminates at the end of the school year with a celebration day of sharing, hearing, and enjoying their exceptional writing.

The BHEF was proud to contribute toward a NASA mission to the International Space Station, which provided students with a real research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a microgravity experiment.  Mirroring how professional research is undertaken, student teams at GL and CMS submitted research proposals and went through a formal review process to select the flight experiment to accompany the mission.  This program is designed to inspire and engage the next generation of scientists and engineers.

SAVE THE DATE:  Friday, January 23, 2015

Mark your calendars and plan to join us at the Primavera Regency to celebrate the BHEF’s 20th Anniversary.  Gather your friends, book your sitter and enjoy a great night of music, food and drinks.  The New Jersey-based Nerds band has been entertaining fans across the state for years and the BHEF is excited to bring them to Berkeley Heights.  Please plan for a great night out in the new year.  Details and ticket sales will be provided in the fall.

The Berkeley Heights Education Foundation (BHEF) is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to enhance educational excellence in the Berkeley Heights Public Schools. The BHEF sponsors programs and organizes events that support innovative instruction, strengthen school–community ties, enrich students’ appreciation of the arts and humanities, and augment technology resources throughout the district.  To find out more, please visit

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