EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Education Foundation (EBEF) pivoted their grant awarding process quickly to accommodate teacher’s needs as they conducted class from their homes. “The switch to virtual learning required teachers to turn their kitchens, dens, and other areas of their houses into classrooms. Teachers needed supplies like portable whiteboards, tripods to hold their phones while they recorded lessons, and in some cases, butterfly larvae to complete the Grade 2 science curriculum,” said Jack Levitt, President of the EBEF.
Teachers made the switch from in person to virtual learning over a weekend between March 13 and March 16, 2020 as a result of Governor Murphy’s executive order to close the schools to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. This rapid shift in instructional practices required teachers to get creative with their lessons. The East Brunswick Education Foundation offered teachers “Distance Learning Grants” of up to $500 each to support this creativity and innovation. In total the EBEF awarded 91 grants to teachers at all eleven schools throughout the District totaling over $30,000 of financial support.
As the end of this very unusual school year approaches EBEF is offering a way to say “Thank You” to East Brunswick Public Schools’ (EBPS) teachers. Their “Present with a Future” campaign allows donors to honor a teacher, graduate, family member, or friend with a minimum $10 donation to EBEF. The “Present with a Future” can also be used as a memorial contribution. A card will be sent to the person that is being honored or the loved ones of a person who is being remembered. Each “Present with a Future” donation allows individuals to show appreciation to an EBPS teacher, or to memorialize a loved one, while supporting the great work of the EBEF.
If you would like to participate in the EBEF’s “Present with a Future” campaign, please go to www.EBEF.org and follow the link to “Present with a Future”. Be sure to provide the name of the person you are honoring or remembering in the “Designation” section.