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Madison Education Foundation Awards $75,000 in Educational Enrichment Grants to District Classrooms

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Vin Diomisio, Supervisor of Science and Technology and Jeff Coviello, TV Production teacher in front of the new iMacs at MHS, a recent upgrade to the Production Studio grant funded by MEF.
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MADISON, NJ - The Madison Education Foundation (MEF) approved 27 teacher-initiated educational enrichment grants totaling nearly $75,000 during its Fall Grant Cycle.  These grants will make a positive impact on Madison students at the elementary, junior school and high school levels.

Madison High School is on the Cutting Edge

Madison High School students will benefit from new iMac computers for the state-of-the-art TV production studio.   With these computers, students will be able to get hands-on TV production/editing experience that translates into highly marketable skills post high school. According to Jeff Coviello, MHS TV and Video Production teacher who spearheaded the upgrades, “The Madison Education Foundation has afforded our Television and Video Production program the ability to grow at a rapid rate. While this is a relatively new program, this latest grant places each student in front of a professional editing computer. This major purchase will continue to drive the creative success of all Madison High School students.”

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Additionally, students in the MHS Art Department will be able to augment their computer design skills with new digital photography MAC laptops.  Environmental Science and Biology classes enjoy raising terrapin hatchlings and releasing them back into the wild, which allow students the opportunity to get practice in ecological research and connect classroom experiences with real world environmental issues.

Innovative Learning at Madison Junior School

Madison Junior School (MJS) has many inspiring grants heading down the pipeline. New African literature books will enhance the social studies library, as well as novel historical mystery games to encourage interactive learning. According to Mr. Finkelstein, Social Studies teacher at MJS, “Games allow me to also focus on more real life critical thinking, teamwork, and complex problem solving. Using these kits, I can create mysteries and utilize higher level problem solving skills to teach any lesson, topic, or introduction to a unit of study.”   Additional cross-curricular STEM learning tools and math software, as well as digital audiobooks for the new library/makerspace, will add to the already ever-growing cache of cutting edge MJS computer resources.

Focusing on Wellness is Elementary

At all three Madison elementary schools, new and important things are happening.  Flexible learning spaces and calming corners are being developed at Central Avenue School. At CAS, Principal Tom Liss says, “Our goal is for students to be able to learn in the best possible environment…However, there are so many obstacles that make learning difficult, such as anxiety and distractions.  We feel these grants will allow students to be comfortable, provide them an outlet, and help them focus on learning.” At Kings Road School, a K-5 mural painting project has been approved. At Torey J. Sabatini School, in addition to iPads, paper mache skull models were approved to enhance the science program.

The next big event for MEF is the 14thAnnual Madison 5K taking place on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Madison High School.  This is a community-wide event which raises critical funds to continue to provide enrichment grants to all Madison classrooms. Registration will be available February 13, 2017 at www.mefnj.org.

Madison Education Foundation

The Madison Education Foundation (MEF) awards grants to Pre-K-12 Madison District 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 300 grants totaling approximately  $1,100,000. MEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 1093, Madison, NJ 07940 or submitted online. Visit www.mefnj.org or e-mail info@mefnj.org for more information.

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