CALDWELL, NJ – Seven teachers awarded winter grants from the Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation (CWCEF) were presented at the CWC Board of Education Meeting on March 14.

The teachers applied for the grants, which totaled approximately $8600 this winter, for various programs for elementary thru high school classes. MaryAnn Lubanski, Chair of the Grant Committee and Board member of the Foundation was on hand to congratulate the recipients.

Money for projects involving puzzles to iPads were among those given grants. The teachers awarded the grants and their projects are:

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  • Mrs. Jennifer Emmolo , Media Specialist & Technology Integrator at Wilson School was awarded $4,179 for mobile tables and wobble stools for a Collaborative Learning Environment for their Makerspace.
  • Ms. Karen Fox with the Grades 1-3 Resource Room at Wilson School was awarded $2,008 for iPads for her Learning 2.0 project.
  • Mrs. Cindy Halen, Technology Integrator for the District was awarded $872 for the Building Children's Writing Skills through Learning through Play project.
  • Mrs. Carol Macken, 1st grade teacher at Lincoln School was awarded $521 for Putting the Pieces Together: A Geographic Exploration through (Floor) Puzzles.
  • Ms. Marcia Renzetti  Chemistry teacher at JCHS was awarded $429 for the purchase of Radiation Probes for her Nuclear Chemistry Laboratory. She was happy to announce to the audience that none of them were deemed radioactive by the device, which she brought in to demonstrate.
  • Mrs. Sheila Zeman , physical education teacher at Washington and Lincoln Schools was awarded $209 for her Multiplication Madness project with the third grade teams for each school: Ms. Lynn Lockard, Ms. Diane Jakobczuk, Ms. Jen Anderson and Ms. Erica Brock.
  • Mr. Paul Marrone with Research in Molecular Genetics at JCHS was awarded $429 for the Dihydrofolate Reducatase expression, purification and analysis of enzymatic activity. 

"The grants I have received from the CWCEF have allowed my students to engage in projects that would otherwise not have been possible and have truly broadened their learning experience," said Marrone, who was not able attend the meeting.

"The students have benefited in many ways from the Lego WeDo Kits we received from the CWCEF," said Emmolo. "Not only have they made great strides in learning physical science concepts and programming skills, but they have grown immensely as problem solvers and critical thinkers."

The Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation was established in 2007 as a non-profit. It provides funding for new educational programs, technology and equipment to the education of students in the Caldwell-West Caldwell Public School District. To date, CWCEF has awarded nearly $200,000.

The next round of CWCEF grants will be awarded in June.