MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Morris School District has received a grant, through the Morris Education Foundation, to deliver new Academic Support Centers for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The grant, provided by The Provident Bank Foundation will bring community and academic resources together to assist over 170 students during the 14-week program. These new centers will provide impactful support for struggling students through after school lessons, parent programs, and community tutor engagement.

“We are so thrilled to take our partnership with the Provident Bank Foundation to a new level with this grant of $22,000,” said Kim Pistner, Chair of Morris Educational Foundation. “The Provident Bank Foundation has been a longtime supporter of academic achievement and support for all of our district programs. They have supported our tutoring program in the schools since its inception. This grant will allow us to touch the lives of even more children at a younger age and their parents,”

According to the MEF, early intervention in student performance gaps significantly impacts the trajectory of these students throughout their lives. The program focuses on allowing students to gain confidence in their abilities. The goal is to have that confidence translate to ncreased academic performance on standardized testing as well as classroom achievement, In addition, the program aims to increase parent engagement with the teachers and the schools. Google classroom, which will be used in each of the centers, will provide a real-time platform for each site and help further communicate between program teachers, classroom teachers, tutors and parents. 

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“The Major Grant provided to Morris Educational Foundation will be used to enhance the quality of education and opportunities for students in Morris School District, which directly matches our Foundation mission,” said Jane Kurek, Executive Director of The Provident Bank Foundation. “We are excited to see how the investment will impact these young learners, and provide them with the support they need to live happier, healthier, and safer lives.” 

The program, which will allow for collaboration between the school system, community leaders, teachers, parents, and students will run in seven elementary schools for fourteen weeks from October, 2017 through February, 2018.

“We thank the Provident Bank Foundation for working with us to meet the needs of the 5,200 students and 500 teachers in the Morris School District. We are excited about the opportunity to bring our shared resources and commitment to the community together in order to impact the lives of many of our area’s children and families”, adds Kelly Harte, Assistant Superintendent Curriculum and Instruction for the Morris School District.