SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood School District welcomed teachers back on September 3 with the district's annual convocation. At the yearly welcome back to the Spotswood School District's administrators and educators, the Spotswood Education Foundation awarded more than $19,000 in grants to teachers. Twenty proposals were chosen from the 26 grants submitted from teachers at the districts four schools. Since 2006, the Spotswood Education Foundation has awarded 167 grants totaling more than $100,000. This is the second year the Spotswood Education Foundation has partnered with the BCB Community Bank to pledge additional funds to the non-profit organization.

The grants selected from the 2018-19 school year include:

  • A New Spin on Science $89.10 - Maureen McDonald
  • Facts 4 Me: Elementary Research $50.00 - Maureen McDonald
  • Mystery Science $99.00 - Paige Besthoff
  • Makedo Cardboard Construction $235.00 - Paige Besthoff
  • The Social Express $245.00 - Marian Ayad
  • Stationary in Motion $400.00 - Aleksandra Zolotnisky
  • Story Champs $311.43 - Aleksandra Zolotnisky
  • Design & Build Engineering $143.75 - Erika Stinson
  • Mosa Mack $450.00 - Erin Glassen, Michelle Golden and  Danielle Vorbe
  • Snap Circuits! $151.95 - Erin Glassen and Michelle Golden
  • Six Flags Math & Science Day $400.00 - Erin Glassen and Michelle Golden
  • Sensational Hallway $305.82 - Katie Lavelle and Sonali Khatri
  • Sensory Physical Education $445.00 - Jill Hetzler
  • Flocabulary $480.00 - Lauren Siwiak and Megan Curto
  • Picture This $235.00 - Lauren Siwiak and Megan Curto
  • Kaufman Speech Praxis Kit $298.00 - Anne Fox
  • Dress to Impress – DECA Blazers $967.48 - Kelly Meagher
  • Dot & Dash: Beginning Robotics for Young Learners $2,035.00 Maureen McDonald and Paige Bestoff

In addition, the Memorial Middle School was awarded one of the largest grants in Spotswood Education Foundation history to create the Spotswood Education Foundation Outdoor Learning Courtyard. The rarely used area in the center of the sixth through eighth grade school was given a makeover during the summer to create an outdoor classroom. The more than $11,000 grant was awarded to Katherine Shkolar and Kelly Bella to transfrom the courtyard into a learning space for all the Memorial teachers and students to enjoy. The school will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony later in the fall to celebrate the opening of the new outdoor classroom. 

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The Spotswood Education Foundation's annual Dee Pope Memorial Grant was awarded to Erin Glassen and Michelle Golden for the Dee Pope Little Free Library. The Little Free Libraries will be located in Helmetta
and Spotswood. Free books will be available for any borough resident looking for great read.

“We are making a difference in how the teachers educate and the students are benefitting from these wonderful ideas and initiatives these grants are supporting," said Nick Legakis, President of the Spotswood Education Foundation.

The Spotswood Education Foundation is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to fund creative and innovative projects to benefit the Spotswood School District by complementing the existing curriculum and educational programs. Volunteers make up the board of the Spotswood Education Foundation and the finances for grants is made possible through fundraising endeavors.

The Spotswood Education Foundation's popular fundraising event, Casino Night will be held on February 29.