Funds Will Be Used To Purchase 16 Netbooks Designed To Enhance the Writing Capabilities of Students

CHATHAM, NJ – December 10, 2012 – The Chatham Education Foundation, a leading provider of private funding to the School District of the Chathams, today announced that it has awarded an $11,000 grant to the Chatham Middle School to fund the purchase of 16 Netbooks. The Netbooks will be utilized by students throughout the school and will promote and enhance writing across the curriculum. The grant request was submitted by Chatham Middle School Principal Robert Accardi, and 8th grade English teachers Lisa McTague and Carmela Zack. Including this grant, the Chatham Education Foundation has awarded three grants totaling $12,700 for the 2012-2013 academic year.

 “We are pleased to have provided these grants which will benefits students throughout Chatham,” said Colleen Markley, President of the Chatham Education Foundation. “Due to the generous support of Chatham residents and area businesses the Foundation has been able to continue its efforts of supporting innovative and creative educational programs and special projects throughout the Chatham School District.”

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Mr. Accardi said, “On behalf of the students and teachers at the Chatham Middle School I want to thank the Chatham Education Foundation for supporting our teachers who do not see limits to their instruction or the experiences that CMS’s students should have at school.  These Netbooks will provide our students the opportunity to take their writing to the next level and further enhance the educational experience.”

Other grants awarded during the 2012-2013 academic year include:

CHS Theatre Lighting Technology and Design

  • Chatham High School (CHS) Theatre Director Lynn Polan arranged for the CHS theater students, actors and crew members to learn about the technology and artistry of theatrical lighting by working with a professional lighting designer. The lighting designer will also work with students to design and implement the lighting for the spring musical, Legally Blonde. This grant represents a truly exciting opportunity for students to learn directly from a professional and put their learning to use in their own musical production!

Destination Imagination

  • Lafayette Avenue School fourth grade students in Justin Perinotti’s classes will be completing fun and engaging activities designed by Destination ImagiNation, Inc. Teams of students will compete in challenges that require them to build, engineer and perform tasks with sets of provided materials to accomplish an initiative. In addition to strengthening science and math skills, students involved with this program will also learn that communication, problem solving and flexibility are critical to success.

During the 2011-2012 academic year, the Foundation distributed $66,000 in grants, which funded 26 innovative and creative educational programs and special projects throughout the School District of the Chathams.

Individuals interested in learning more about the Chatham Education Foundation, or financially supporting its efforts, are encouraged to visit

About The Chatham Education Foundation 

The Chatham Education Foundation is a leading provider of private funding to the School District of the Chathams. It supports innovative and creative educational programs and special projects that are designed to enrich the mind and body of the estimated 4,000 K-12 students enrolled in the District’s six public schools. Since its inception in 1997, the Foundation has distributed more than $600,000 to develop and support more than 275 educational programs, special projects and equipment.