About the Morris Educational Foundation
It is the mission of the Morris Educational Foundation to generate and distribute financial and other resources to and for the Morris School District for enrichment programs and other projects aimed at enhancing the quality of education and educational opportunities for students in the district.
The Foundation will carry out its mission by focusing support
Facilitate student development
in the following areas:
- Support new approaches to improving student achievement
- Provide funds for enrichment activities
- Provide equipment and facilities not funded through other means
Encourage excellence through creative teaching
- Support professional growth of teachers
- Provide venture capital for creative ideas and programs
Promote community/school partnerships
- Promote community awareness of educational challenges and solutions
- Develop enrichment programs to address the needs of the Morris School District and the communities it serves
- Foster the development of alumni relations
- Provide a vehicle for individuals, businesses and organizations to share resources and gifts with the Morris School District and its students
About the Morris School District
The Morris School District serves the communities of Morristown and Morris Township (pre-K through high school) and Morris Plains (grades 9-12) by providing a supportive and challenging educational environment for a total student population of approximately 4,800. Within the District there is one preschool, three primary schools (K-2), three intermediate schools (3-5), one multiage magnet school (K-5), one middle school (6-8), and one high school.
In addition to our pre-K-12 program, the Morris School District operates an innovative Community School that offers an extensive adult school curriculum for lifelong learners. The Community School also provides a nurturing before and after-school childcare program, Sunrise Sunset, for Morris School District children of busy parents.
In spite of its success, the Morris School District, like all others in the state and across the nation, is confronted by the ever-increasing challenge of funding public education. Escalating costs, expanding enrollment and decreasing state aid must be offset by alternative sources of funding if the District is to maintain the extraordinary range and caliber of academic, extra-curricular, athletic and social opportunities which have been its standard.
While colleges and universities, private, parochial and independent prep schools have long relied upon private endowments and contributions to sustain or expand programs, school taxes historically have been the only source of revenue for public education. Independent of the Morris School District, the Morris Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation that seeks to attract private resources to support a variety of educational programs that tax dollars do not cover. Through effective solicitation and distribution of funds, the Morris Educational Foundation helps enable the District to continue to be the model of visionary social and educational leadership it has been since its inception.