NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Board of Education expressed their appreciation to Thorlabs and its founder Alex Cable for more than $80,000 in donations to the Newton Public Schools programs and students, with more pledged for the next two years.

According to the resolution read on Tuesday, August 27 at their monthly meeting, “the board, its employees, and families offer[ed] this heartfelt appreciation to Thorlabs, and especially its President and Founder Alex Cable, for the tremendous contributions made to the success of our students.”

Thorlabs has been a dedicated partner of the Newton Public School district for over a decade, including sizable donations for the 2018-2019 school year. The donations included:

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  • $10,000 to support the high school robotics team
  • $10,000 to the wrestling program
  • $5,000 to the theater programs
  • $5,250 donation was made to sustain and model physical health through the Girls on the Run program both and Halsted Middle School and Merriam Avenue Elementary school
  • $500 donation was made to the Newton Pride Foundation’s Halloween 5K run as well.

They also donated, in the amount of $50,000 for this year, as the first part of a three-year commitment, to subsidize mental and behavioral health services as a key element of our community schools.

Thorlabs commitment to the Newton schools goes beyond monetary donations.  They provided mentorship, expertise, in-kind materials, robot part machining, training to prepare for competitions, internships, and employment opportunities to high school students with interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Thorlabs also serves on the Community Schools Design Team, which provides macro-level guidance and support to the district’s model.

 A resolution was approved as a way for the board of education to recognize that the “kindness and community spirit of Thorlabs is unmatched in the region, and that the Newton Public Schools are deeply grateful for our sincere, steadfast partnership with Thorlabs. The Newton Public Schools pledge our relationship will remain mutually beneficial, as we continue to educate the skilled workforce upon which Thorlabs depends and thrives.”

Jamie LaCouture, Tradeshow Supervisor and Community Relations at Thorlabs was in attendance to accept a framed version of the resolution from board President Stella Dunn.