NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- The Board of Education received a check for $74,146.10 on Thursday, Feb. 27, from the New Providence Education Foundation. That brings the total raised by the organization to more than $1 million.

Presenting the large check were New Providence Education Foundation Board Members Suzanne Botvinis and Christopher Naughton. The money being donated will be used to fund a total of 17 teacher-initiated grants across all four schools in the district.

There is a thank you note on the New Providence Education Foundation’s Facebook page and on its website. The note reads, "We Did It! $1MM raised in money for New Providence Schools. Thank you to everyone who attended & contributed to our Million Laughs Event. You helped make this happen!"  There is also another “thank you” on the website featuring the logos of the Education Foundation’s many sponsors.

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Botvinis, the grant chair of the Education Foundation, introduced herself and Naughton “who helped with everything under the sun, as well as grants this year,” and thanked the community. The big gala held a couple of weeks earlier was able to “raise more than $33,000. That put us over $1 million since our inception,” she said.

This year the foundation reviewed grant requests and “typically, we usually award between $70 and $80 thousand dollars a year. This year we are proud to announce we have given the district $74,146.10,” she said.

Superintendent of Schools David Miceli suggested to Board Vice President Robert Dinerman that the board send notes to the founders of the Education Foundation, “Who would be shocked that they have now cracked $1 million.”   Dinerman agreed this was a good idea.