Florham Park Education Foundation Moves Ahead in 2024

Organization to award grants for inspiring classroom initiatives

By Jeff Garrett

 

FLORHAM PARK – Many school districts across the United States are privileged to have education 

foundations to assist families during hard times, functioning as non-profit benefit corporations 

which are helped by a plethora of volunteers. 

Florham Park Education Foundation is no different.

Spurred on with a Mission “to strengthen public education in the (Florham Park) School District 

through advocacy, fundraising and investment in programs that empower every student to achieve 

both academic and personal success,” the organization seeks to address gaps in programs with 

tax-funded dollars, add on new and creative programs which allow kids to excel and again and help 

students who’s family financial situation requires it, enough for the student to progress.

Teachers have also benefitted from the efforts of the Foundation inside their classrooms. In Fall 

2023, Brooklake Elementary School saw eight teachers receive grant awards. Four teachers at 

Briarwood Elementary School received grants while three more did at Ridgedale Middle School.

Over the years, these grants have funded projects for classroom learning for ideas like Wordless 

Picture Books for third-graders and a Sensory Station for Kindergartners and culturally-aimed 

preschool books to enable pre-schoolers to get a grasp on the world around them, yet in the 

classroom.

It takes a village of sorts to make the Foundation run and to have its programs and objectives 

fulfilled. At the helm, is Executive Committee President, Alexis Seubert who is flanked by Secretary 

Megan Mink and and Treasurer, Eliza Puzzuoli (the Committee is looking for both a Vice President 

and Financial Planning and Controls Chairperson).  Six other positions ranging from a Grants 

Chairperson to Business Development to Marketing chairperson round out the volunteer-support 

positions which allow the FPES to run smoothly.

Donations help too.

They help so much so that the Foundation runs an annual campaign and accepts general 

donations with visible donor recognition levels where sponsorship opportunities are available.

It’s possible to donate and make a restricted gift to the Foundation’s Community Care program 

which again, helps students in the school district who’s parents or guardians have fallen on hard 

times.

Events are also a mainstay of the FPEF.   

In October 2023, an Arts, Crafts and Music Festival was held at Ridgedale complete with sponsors, 

vendors and performers. While grants are awarded to several grades, FPEF offers its  7th Grade 

Student Grant Program of $1000.00. Only 7th graders themselves at Ridgedale, submit their ideas 

on how to make noteworthy, positive change in their school community. It’s stipulations for 

consideration are that the program suggested must make a meaningful impact on one aspect of 

student life at Ridgedale, must have a budget of $1000.00 or less and be implemented one year the 

award.  While the deadline passed for submissions for 2024, all will know shortly who this year’s 

big winner is.

With so many initiatives, programs and contributions in gear, along with a dedicated volunteer 

Board, it’s no surprise that FPES gets closer and closer to meeting it’s Vision, which is, “to 

make Florham Park School District a recognized model of educational excellence and innovation, 

where every student can thrive and have the opportunity to reach their highest potential.”

To learn more about Florham Park Education Foundation (FPEF), logon to www.fpefnj.org

 

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