Madison, NJ - The Madison Education Foundation (MEF) has awarded 20 new educational enrichment grants totaling $61,000 for their Winter and Spring 2018 grant cycles.

“These were a fantastic group of grants,” said MEF Co-President Diane Ryan. “Madison District teachers continue to think outside the box in the areas of STEAM, health and wellness, special education, and academic enrichment that take students far beyond traditional classroom curriculums.”

“We’re excited to announce these new grants as students are beginning a new school year,” said MEF Co-President Colleen Taddeo. “These two grant cycles have created many exciting opportunities for students to learn, grow, and have fun at school.”

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 Imagination and Health Soar at Madison Elementary Schools 

“You’ve got mail!” is often heard in the halls at Central Avenue School (CAS). Thanks to a new MEF grant, their innovative Mail Service program that encourages student writing and community, is growing. New mailboxes will be placed outside of each classroom so that mail delivery isn’t disruptive to classroom lessons, and new mail bags will make the mail delivery a more authentic experience for students. Physical education in Madison is also getting an upgrade. In addition to all five Madison schools receiving new exercise mats, Torey J. Sabatini School (TJS), Kings Road School (KRS), and CAS will receive disc course sets to expose students to a new sport and physical skills. 

Other MEF grants at the elementary school level include clay for the art curriculum (TJS, KRS, CAS), 3D printers to enhance the STEAM program (TJS, KRS, CAS), library enhancements, including literature with a focus on kindness (CAS), support for early writing skills (TJS), and a new curriculum to help students manage emotions and anxiety (CAS).

 Innovation and Expansion at Madison Junior School (MJS)

MJS continues to raise the bar on creativity in and out of the classroom. A new MEF grant has funded an Aquaponics Ecosystem for the MJS STEAM Lab. The state-of-the-art system that uses nutrient-rich water from an aquarium to fertilize plants will give all MJS students an enriched, hands-on experience in all areas of the STEAM curriculum. Signature MJS field trips that expose students to new places and cultures, including the 6th Grade Theater Trip and the 8th Grade Hispanic Flamenco Ballet Trip, have also been funded again this year. In addition, MJS teachers are bringing inventive and fun enrichments to the students at school, including the 6th Grade English Comic Con Event and 7th Grade Math Breakout EDU Kits that allow teachers to create “escape room” lessons to promote critical thinking and problem- solving skills. 

 

Transformation Abounds at Madison High School (MHS)

Previous MEF funding helped transform the MHS media center courtyard into a year-round outdoor classroom where biology students can have hands-on experiences with native plants and ecosystems. Now, a new “Great Outdoors” grant will finalize the makeover with new plantings, walkways, benches, and artwork to make it a space for the entire school population to relax, learn, and recharge. Another MEF grant at MHS will allow students to use virtual reality technology to visit and learn about places and concepts without leaving the classroom. Google Expeditions will help students grasp hard to understand academic concepts as well as attend “virtual” field trips and college campus tours.

Additional MEF grants at MHS will fund new digital cameras and a high-tech sports lenses for the journalism department, a backdrop kit for the photography program, and a laser printer to support 3D design, photography, and ceramics curriculums.

 

Madison Education Foundation

The Madison Education Foundation (MEF) awards grants to Pre-K-12 teachers for initiatives that energize the creative and academic lives of students but are above and beyond the school budget. Since its inception in 2003, MEF has awarded more than $1,300,000 in grants.  MEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 1093 Madison NJ 07940 or submitted online. Visit www.mefnj.org or e-mail info@mefnj.org for more information.