GARWOOD, NJ — Catch local bands Crash Combo, 3rd Gear and The Core on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Crossroads in Garwood and help the Education Fund of Westfield raise money to provide grants to Westfield teachers and schools for innovative programs.

“Rock 4 Schools” starts at 8 p.m. and will include an auction and 50/50 raffle. Admission at the door is $15. Crossroads is located at 78 North Ave. in Garwood.

“This fun night will raise needed money to help the Ed Fund provide grants to our wonderful teachers, and you will have a great time too," said Claudia Andreski, Ed Fund President and former principal of McKinley School.

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The Ed Fund awards grants to all of Westfield’s public schools. This winter it gave out nearly $17,000 in grants, including $5,000 to support the district’s new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative for the elementary schools. Other grants included support for robotics programs at the high school and middle schools, new computers for the Jefferson School library and the high school’s Digital Learning Center, and support for the WHS Fed Challenge team. 

The Ed Fund encourages professional staff in all curriculum areas and in extracurricular activities to submit proposals to implement innovative and unique learning opportunities for our children. These grants enable faculty and administrators to create new programs, enhance existing lessons and bring new technology to the classroom. Grants have been funded across many areas within the schools, including core academic subjects, special programs and the arts. 

Over $370,000 in grants has been allocated by the fund since 1992. Many of the educational materials, resources and programs obtained by these grants likely would not have been funded through the traditional district budget.

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