SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Education Enrichment Foundation (EEF) of Scotch Plains-Fanwood hosted its annual Awards Night Dinner on Thursday, March 5, at the Italian American Club. 

The EEF is a volunteer organization that works with the Scotch Plains-Fanwood teaching staff and school administrators to develop curious, creative and confident learners and leaders. The organization accomplishes this by funding projects that enrich the curriculum but fall outside the district's standard operating budget, encouraging teacher innovation and excellence, and responding to emerging educational needs. The EEF funds grants proposed by teachers and staff for innovative or creative educational projects and pilots of new after-school clubs that support our mission. 

"It was a great night celebrating our public school teachers and their visions that are supported by grants from EEF," said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr. "These are the faces that work hard for all our kids."

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"The event was really super because the whole community came together to help fund grants for innovative educational efforts," said Scotch Plains Mayor Smith. "Getting local businesses to participate makes it a real community event. I also want to commend Suman Dahiya-Shah, who did an excellent job running this event last night."

“It was a tremendous night to honor our teachers for their innovation and commitment to our school children," said Scotch Plains Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, who has two children in the district. "One of the many reasons people love Scotch Plains is because of our public schools. The teachers are the backbone.” is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.