UNION, NJ – The Township of Union Education Foundation honored teachers who received grants in the 2017/2018 school year at their 16th annual Spring Reception Thursday evening, sponsored by ConnectOne Bank.

The event was attended by teachers, Board of Education members, UTEA members, principals, school superintendents as well as business leaders and members of the community.

"It is always wonderful to see the support of the entire community for the children in our school district," said Susan Lipstein, President of the Township of Union Education Foundation. 

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Students of teacher Marianne Deczynski performed using drums and xylophones, which were purchased last year with a grant partially funded by the Investors Bank Foundation.  A video, showcasing grant projects by other teachers in the district partially funded by a donation from ConnectOne Bank, was shown.

The Education Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to fund grants to teachers in the public schools in the Township of Union for creative and innovative educational projects, has donated over $180,000 for over 180 grants since its inception.  Further information can be found on Facebook and at  www.tuef.org

The 2017/2018 grant recipients are:

Elizabeth Macheska and Ian Penny – 3rd and 4th grade teachers, Washington School. 

This grant will cover the second year of a subscription to Flocabulary:  songs, videos and exercises to continue the student’s success.

Linda Regal – 2nd and 3rd grade ICR classes, Hannah Caldwell School.

            Three C-Pen readers will be used to assist students who have reading problems or learning disabilities.

Greg Pardo – 3rd grade, Connecticut Farms School

            Mr. Pardo will receive a 3-D printer and accessories.  Students will develop designs from sketches to a 3-D object, which can also be used in all areas of the curriculum.

Judy Supine and Denise Marano, Battle Hill School

            This grant will provide a greenhouse, benches and seedlings to enhance the existing garden and provide for year-round planting.

Kelly Kitzman, Monika Robers and Mary Celitti, Livingston School

            This grant will fund 30 Fire Kids Edition tablets to add to a school-wide learning project which includes students helping others, through the already-established Livingston Leaders project.

Greg Pardo, Cynthia Carhart, Julie Katz, Venedetta Keyes, Jaclyn Vincent - 3rd grade, Connecticut Farms School

            Third graders will study the Monarch butterfly, culminating with a field trip to Valley Crest Farm.

Mary Ellen Patricco and Brooke Gilligan - 4th grade, Connecticut Farms School

            Engineering is Elementary special books and four Chromebooks will be used to teach engineering and problem solving.