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Recent Awarded Grants

2017-18 Grants

The Morris Educational Foundation funds projects in the Morris School District that create new models for learning, enrich the curriculum, promote self-esteem, enhance and expand enrichment opportunities, and help teachers grow professionally. Our goal is to ensure the highest level of educational innovation supporting students and staff in a partnership of lifelong learning.

The Morris Educational Foundation awarded almost $150,000 in classroom, community and professional development grants during the 2017-18 school year.


Classroom Initiatives

25th Anniversary Gratitude for Our Schools Grant: Up to $5,000 in funding for any initiative, program, or project at all ten schools in honor of the MEF’s 25th Anniversary

Academic Support Centers: Provident Bank funded after-school tutoring for students with need in grades 3-5

Art Skeleton Replacement: To-scale skeleton to reference for drawing and sculpting in MHS art classes

Battle of the Books: FMS after-school reading comprehension competition designed to increase literacy

Believe #52: Speaking engagements with Eric LeGrand, former Rutgers football star who suffered a severe injury leaving him paralyzed, for students grade 6-12

Books for Kids Literacy Program: 5-week reading challenge with books as rewards for NP students

Chemistry Equipment: Cutting-edge materials enhance chemistry education at MHS

Counseling by the Book: Library of resources on relevant mental health topics for counselors in all of the K-5 schools

Cultural Arts Annual Funding: Each year the MEF awards blanket grants to all ten schools to support cultural arts programming

  • Lafayette Learning Center - Eyes of the Wild, Mad Scientist and Patty the Clown assemblies
  • Alexander Hamilton - Third-grade readers-theater with MPAC
  • Alfred Vail - Joanna Pang Atkins dance residency for second graders
  • Hillcrest - Story Pirates whole school assembly
  • Normandy Park - Freespace dance residency for K/1 students
  • Sussex Avenue - BJ Ward poetry residency for fifth grade and Readers Theater with MPAC for third grade
  • Thomas Jefferson - BJ Ward poetry residency for fifth graders
  • Woodland - Story Pirates whole school two-part writing workshops
  • Frelinghuysen Middle School - Orly Wahba’s Kindness Boomerang Assembly
  • Morristown High School - Orly Wahba’s Kindness Boomerang Assembly

Falcon Press Online Newspaper: Funding for an online platform moves the FMS newspaper to the digital world

FMS Model UN: Continuation of the extra-curricular activity for students to learn about diplomacy, international relations, and visit the United Nations

Girls in STEM Day: Full day student-led program introduces rising freshman girls to STEM-related programs and clubs at MHS

Eighth Grade Washington DC Trip: Full scholarships for five students with need

Makey Makey: Kits for all K-5 science classrooms allow students to transform everyday objects into electrical currents used for computer science and coding

New Jersey High School Film Festival: Registration fees for four teams to participate in a statewide competition

Noah Shooting System: Basketball shot measuring technology that provides instant feedback

OSMO: Digital program that allows students to interact with real-world objects like puzzles, letters, and numbers with iPads for all K-2 classrooms

Pixellot Camera: A multi-camera system to film field at MHS thanks to NFL grant

Project Graduation: An in-kind donation supports the all-night party for graduated high school seniors

Read to Succeed: Scholastic Storia Middle School Edition promotes e-reading at all levels and genres in sixth-grade language arts classrooms

Reading Readiness: Preschool Parent Shared Reading: Parent-child bilingual book club for LLC families now in its 5th year

Setting Up Success in the Middle: Transition program for incoming sixth-grade students partnered with eighth-grade mentors

Sound Enhancement for the MHS Auditorium: Professional grade headsets to increase sound quality for audience members for all theatre productions

Timpani: Drum set used in FMS band and orchestra

Tutoring Initiative: FMS volunteer, after-school tutoring program, enriches math and language arts for students

Woodland School Sound System: Multi-purpose room upgrades to improve the overall experience at all Woodland events

Community Grants

Grow It Green: Materials for second-grade in-class and on-site instruction, funded for the fifth year

Neighborhood House: Get on Track with STEM expands the curriculum with various STEM-related materials and professional development for staff

Parent Education Series: Speakers Orly Wahba from Life Vest Inside and Tricia Ross Anderson of Harvard University’s Making Caring Common Project share expertise on kindness, character, and wellbeing

Raising Resilient Girls: Girls Leadership founder Simone Marean shares insight into raising girls in the current world

Teen Pride: Summer counseling for at-risk teens

Professional Development

Allison Schweikart Award: Media specialist Patricia Sutton will attend Judy Freeman’s Winners! program

Making Caring Common Lunch & Learn Workshops: Trisha Ross Anderson discusses school climate, culture, values, issues, and goals with all Morris School District guidance counselors, social workers, and psychologists

Saul S. Swanger Fellowship: MHS teacher Cynthia Chiariello will receive advanced training in yoga and mindfulness to help reduce stress and create greater