MILLBURN, NJ - Sunny skies and a crisp autumn breeze set the stage for the Millburn Education Foundation’s 25th annual Rocktoberfest. Students and parents gathered in Taylor Park for the fundraiser that featured a mile long “Fun Run” for the children, a STEM expo, inflatable rides, and a sun to moon music festival.
The Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides grants to Millburn education staff members looking to develop innovative programs and activities in areas such as science and technology, fine and performing arts, language research and culture.
Generous residents and local businesses sponsored the event; the restaurants present donated a percentage of their profit to the Ed Foundation. Before volunteers even began setting up for the fundraiser, the Ed Foundation had raised close to $30,000.
“I am so thankful to live in this town because of people like this,” said Rocktoberfest co-chair Joanna Parker-Lentz. “Everyone is coming out to play their music, to pay to be in the Fun Run, to just participate, to volunteer their time.... It’s just amazing. The show of support really makes me so happy and proud.”
The Millburn school system is one of the most elite in the country, with Millburn Schools ranking 13th in the state and 316th nationwide according to U.S. News & World Report. Teachers and staff get their well-deserved credit, but the Ed Foundation are the unsung heroes of the system, putting Millburn above and beyond so many other districts.
“What we strive to do at the Ed Foundation is to give the kids and the teachers the resources, the icing on the cake, that will make their education that much more special and allow kids who have dreams to run with them,” said Rocktoberfest co-chair Micole Cohen-Richter.
Although Rocktoberfest was a huge success, the Ed Foundation is not done fundraising. The future holds many more events to raise money for the grant system, including the Evening of Honor, Millburn Schools Rock and the Millburn Film Festival.