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Recent Awarded Grants

2018-19 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 $170,000 in classroom, community and professional development grants during the 2018-19 school year.


Classroom Initiatives

ALL IN Teammakers Workshop: Leadership skill workshops at FMS and MHS.

Art Department Supplies at MHS: Funding for the materials in the art department.

Battle of the Books: FMS after-school reading competition.

Bouncy Bands for Freshman Physics: Bands for desks to reduce stress and anxiety.

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

Costume and Sets: Materials to revamp the costumes and sets of the FMS musical. 

Cultural Arts Annual Funding: Blanket grants to all ten schools to support cultural arts programming.

  • AV Character Rocks assembly and Joanna Pang Atkins residency
  • AH BMX Bike and Number Drummer assemblies
  • HC Reader’s Theater
  • LLC Eyes of the Wild, Mad Scientist, and Musical IQ assemblies
  • FMS Student assemblies
  • MHS Diversity Org assembly
  • NP Spirit Tree residency
  • SX BJ Ward residency
  • TJ BJ Ward residency
  • WD Writers Theatre of New Jersey residency

Darkroom Enlargers and Pinhole Cameras: Photography equipment for the MHS lab.

Eighth Grade Washington, DC Trip: Full tuition for ten students attend annual trip to Washington, D.C.

Falcon Press Online Newspaper: Funding for an online platform for FMS newspaper.

Flexible Seating for Frelinghuysen: Seating for all 6thgrade language arts classrooms.

Girls in STEM Day: Fifty FMS 8th grade girls explored STEM through hands-on activities at MHS.

Honoring Community Partnerships and Building New Opportunities for the Colonial L.I.F.E. Program: Celebration held for community partners. 

Knowledge is our Super Power: Normandy Park’s theme for the 2019-20 school year.

Light Up Learning: Light tables and translucent manipulatives for the H.I.L.L. at Hillcrest.

Makey Makey K-5 STEM Coding Kits: Electrical circuit coding kits for all K-5 schools.  

Melanin Minds Washington, DC Smithsonian Trip: Partial tuition to explore African American culture and history.

Mindful Meditation: Daily meditation sessions for students and teachers.

New Jersey High School Film Challenge: Entry-fee paid for New Jersey High School Film Challenge.

NPS Books 4 Kids Literacy Program-Winter Reading Challenge: Reading challenge with books rewards. 

Physics Investigation of Light and Information Transfer: NextGen science labs.

Preschool Outdoor Bike Pathway: Contiguous outdoor bike path around the LLC playground.

Reading Readiness: Preschooler-Parent Shared Reading: Parent-child bilingual book club.

Researching and Decorating Ceiling Tiles: Sussex 5thgraders art project.

Restorative Practices: Training for MHS teachers on strategies to in productive dialogue.

Revitalize the FMS Garden: Redesign of the garden.

Social and Emotional Learning Books: All schools received books in partnership with the Morristown Festival of Books.

Sound Design, Engineering, Training for the MHS Theater Program Sound Crew: Training with a professional sound engineer.

Standing Desks at FMS: Thirty standing desks for sixth-grade classrooms.

Tutoring for Middle School: FMS after-school volunteer tutoring program in math and language arts.

Yoga and Mindfulness in the Classroom: Yoga 4 Classrooms IMPLEMENT Leader Training Course for Sussex and AH. 

Community Grants

Like: A Documentary about the Impact of Social Media on Our Lives: Community-wide film screening and panel discussion on the topic of technology.

Raising Resilient Children and Teens: Dr. Robert Brooks, PhD, leading parenting expert and author on resilience, self-esteem, motivation and family relationships spoke with the community.

Teen Pride: Summer counseling for at-risk teens

Professional Development

Allison Schweikart Award: A selected media specialist will attend a workshop 

Saul S. Swanger Fellowship: MHS teachers Erin Colfax, and Matt Daly and John Madden will receive advanced training during the summer months