The Randolph Education Foundation, REF, raised more than $21,000 at its sixth annual Randolph Rock Stars Celebration and Fundraiser on Nov. 3.
The event, co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Randolph, honored the township’s “Rock Stars,” including the six educators of the year and six community members whose contributions make a difference in the lives of the students and the community.
Attendees at the event had the opportunity to learn about the REF and how its grant-funded programs are making a big difference in the Randolph schools. RHS senior and Greenhouse Club President Jackson Yeakel, and Special Education Teacher and Club Advisor Kenneth Morris, showed the audience how the greenhouse has enriched the educational experience at RHS.
The greenhouse was built with funds provided by the first REF’s Next Practices Grant awarded in 2013 for a pilot program entitled “From the Ground Up.”
“Over the years, the REF has been planting seeds to create opportunities for innovative programs in the Randolph schools,” said Francesca Lavin, REF Board member and event chair. “I’m very pleased to see how those seeds are growing into programs that make a difference in the teachers’ and students’ lives, and I am even more pleased to see how the community is recognizing the importance of these efforts and is coming together to support them.”
Guests were given the opportunity to support the work of the REF in different ways. Pledge cards were placed at every table for them to write down their contributions. They also had the chance to purchase a “Star Card” to honor teachers or staff members, and to buy raffle tickets to win a diamond star necklace generously donated by John Herold Jewelers.
“The Randolph Rock Stars is an evening to honor the best of Randolph,” said Anthony Fusco, Randolph resident and one of the event’s sponsors. “Teachers, students, community leaders all share one important trait- making Randolph a better community. There is no better feeling than supporting our local “Rock Stars” in a social community environment filled with music, camaraderie and good food.”