BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Education Foundation of B-R held the Toast of B-R May 6 at Roman Jewelers, one of two fundraisers to raise money for grants for school district programs not funded by the budget.

The foundation has raised money to support creative and innovative grant funding since 1991, and has funded more than $600,000 in grants and support to the Bridgewater-Raritan schools over the years.

According to Stacey Kimmins, trustee with the foundation, they funded about 38 grant applications in 2018. This year, she said, they have received 54 applications.

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“The fundraiser is vital to our continuing mission,” she said.

The event allowed guests to enjoy six wines from around the world, with appetizers and food provided by Chef Jeff, a Bridgewater-based chef. In addition, the event included a silent auction, and a portion of proceeds from jewelry sold that evening went back to the foundation.

Crim Primary School teacher Tara Hueston said she got a grant from the foundation for Trout in the Classroom, where the students released fingerlings into the water behind the school.

“The Education Foundation gave us $1,700 for this,” she said. “It was truly an enriching experience.”

Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School teacher Kristy Shurina said she used grant money from the foundation for her NaNoWriMo program, where, every November, students write their own book, and are matched with high school students who serve as editors for them. Then, she said, the books are bound and displayed at the Bridgewater Township Library.

“I love that project,” she said.

Shurina said she has used grant money for other similar projects, like having her students create children’s picture books for preschoolers, and creating a poetry anthology.

“I couldn’t match the level of excitement for these projects if I didn’t have this organization,” she said.

In addition to testimony from those who have received grants, Kimmins announced the continuation of the Robert Feder Scholarship, funded by Roman Jewelers, and accepted $1,000 checks from Preferred Client Group and RAM Mortgage.

For more information on the foundation, visit https://edfoundbr.org.