NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – It has been a good week in New Providence, Board President Adam Smith said at the Thursday, March 14 Board of Education (BOE) meeting. The district’s spring musical Chicago was a successful Broadway style production and the boys basketball team won the state championship. The New Providence Education Foundation delivered yet another piece of good news to the district with its grants.

Jennifer Kowantz, Vice-President of the New Providence Education Foundation, and Suzanne Botvinis, Chairwoman of the Grants Committee, came to the board meeting to award the district a check of $75,265.85. The grants are funding educational programs that cannot be funded through the regular budget. The organization is raising money through various fundraising events throughout the school year.

Kowantz thanked the school district, parents and local businesses for their support. She also thanked the teachers, who have been “a very big part” of the foundation’s support. “It takes a village,” she said.

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The foundation is “very close” to the total of $1 million mark of grants. The goal is to raise another $77,000 next year to reach the magic seven figure mark.

We know how hard you are working to raise funds for programs that do not make it into the budget, Smith said. The foundation has helped the district tremendously over the years, he added. He noted that the foundation keeps finding new people, who have the energy to keep its mission going.