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Eno Terra Supports Princeton Education Foundation for the PowerUp! PRS Technology Campaign This Weekend

03/23/2012

Calling all public school supporters who appreciate excellent food. Eno Terra, the popular restaurant located on Route 27 in Kingston, is donating all net proceeds from lunch food sales during two weekends in March to the Princeton Education Foundation (PEF) for the PowerUp! PRS campaign. 
 
Though one of the weekends has passed, there is still time to book your reservation for either Saturday, March 24 , or Sunday, March 25. Simply by eating lunch at the restaurant on one of those days, you will be helping the Princeton public schools at the same time as enjoying a respite from your hectic weekend.
 
“The donated funds from Eno Terra will go directly to PowerUp! PRS, our campaign to provide much-needed technology upgrades to every school in the district,” said PEF Executive Director Adrienne Rubin. “We are very grateful to Eno Terra for this promotion as well as for their ongoing support of our schools.”
 
Eno Terra recently opened for lunch on the weekends, and the increased traffic will help raise awareness for both the restaurant and the PowerUp! PRS campaign.
 
Raoul Momo, co-owner Terra Momo Restaurant Group, which owns Eno Terra, said that it is crucial that schools find new ways of raising money to ensure a high standard of education for all students in Princeton.
 
“With all the challenges at the state level with school finances, it is important to look to develop local partnerships with businesses like Eno Terra,” he said. “In the end, our children are our most important investment.”
 
For reservations call 609-497-1777.
 
 

Valid from 03/23/2012 to 03/26/2012

 

Princeton Education Foundation Holds Spring Gala and Auction to Benefit Princeton’s Public Schools May 12, 2012

04/16/2012

The Princeton Education Foundation (PEF) today announced a gala and auction to benefit the district’s public school students onSaturday, May 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the Nassau Club, 6 Mercer Street in Princeton.
 
In addition to cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner, the evening will feature the music of the Princeton High School a cappella group Around Eight, and members of the high school’s award-winning Studio Band. An auction will run throughout the evening, when bidders may compete for items ranging from original artwork, to gift certificates to Princeton’s finest restaurants, to a helicopter trip to New York.
 
“Everyone has a great time and knows that their money is going to where it is most needed in PEF’s efforts to support programming for students of the Princeton Public School District," said Claire Percarpio, a member of the PEF board and gala committee. "Before my work with PEF, I didn't realize that Princeton has a large population of children that receive free or subsidized breakfast, lunch and after-school programs that would otherwise be unavailable to them."
 
“We are an incredibly fortunate community,” said PEF Board President Barbara Prince. “The people in Princeton understand the enormous importance of standing by our public schools and are active in their support. Last year’s gala sold out and we expect the same will happen this year.”
 
Major sponsorship of the evening has already been provided by the W. Bryce Thompson Foundation, Ernest Bock & Sons, Inc., and PNC Bank, Nassau Street Office.
 
Tickets range from $130 to $250 to $500 per person. The higher levels include a listing in the event program and the PEF Newsletter. To purchase tickets visitwww.pefjn.org. All tickets will be held at the door.
 
 
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About PEF
Since 1995, the Princeton Education Foundation has been a bridge between the Princeton community and its public schools, encouraging private philanthropy to enhance public education for students at all levels. Since its inception, PEF has contributed over $1 million to the Princeton Public Schools for capital improvements, educational programs and teacher support.
 
For more information contact:
Jill Morrison, jillanne36@yahoo.com or 609-994-4441
 
 

Valid from 04/16/2012 to 05/13/2012

 

Princeton Education Foundation's Spring Gala "Be True To Your School" April 9, 2011

02/21/2011

PEF Spring 2011 Gala “Be True To Your School” will be held at the Nassau Club in downtown Princeton on Saturday April 9th.   This event will be a fun evening of food, good company, and entertainment, with storyteller Adam Wade and PRS student musical groups. 

 

More info at:  http://pefnj.org/site/upcoming-events

Valid from 02/21/2011 to 04/10/2011

 

Princeton Education Foundation Announces 3rd Annual Spring Gala and Silent Auction to Benefit Princeton’s Public School Students

04/13/2013

 

 

April 12, 2013 (Princeton, NJ) – The Princeton Education Foundation will hold its third annual Be True To Your School gala to benefit the district’s public school students on Saturday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m. at the Nassau Inn, 10 Palmer Square, Princeton.

 

In addition to cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner, the evening will feature an online and silent auction. Bidders may compete for items ranging from a chance to be Mayor for a Day with Liz Lempert (sorry, kids only) to a week in the U.S. Virgin Islands, to two weeks at a children’s overnight camp in New Hampshire.

 

“The gala is both a great celebration and our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Princeton Education Foundation Executive Director Adrienne Rubin. “It helps us pay for many programs that would not otherwise exist for Princeton public school students. These funds support everything from Science and Technology initiatives to innovative reading programs to enhancements in the arts curriculum.”

 

Last year’s gala netted $60,000, accounting for more than half of the $113,500 end of year gift from the Foundation to the Princeton School Board. The funds went toward upgrading vocal and instrumental classrooms and media centers/libraries in all four of the district’s elementary schools. The 2012 gift completed the prior year’s gift of upgrades to the middle and high school media centers.

 

The silent auction will open online on April 15 at www.pefnj.org, when members of the public can submit top bids for any of the auction items. The online auction allows bidders to participate even if they cannot come to the gala, so pre-bidding is encouraged.

Major sponsorship of the Foundation has been provided by Georgeanne Gould Moss, The Gould Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, and The Nassau Inn.

 

Tickets start at $135 per person for cocktails, dinner and dessert, and go up to $500. To purchase tickets visit www.pefnj.org. All tickets will be held at the door. Reserve early as space is limited.

 

 

 

About the Princeton Education Foundation

Since 1995, the Princeton Education Foundation has been a bridge between the Princeton community and its public schools, encouraging private philanthropy to enhance public education for students at all levels. Since its inception, PEF has contributed over $1.2 million to the Princeton Public Schools for capital improvements, educational programs and teacher support.

 

Valid from 04/13/2013 to 04/28/2013

Princeton Education Foundation Announces Annual Spring Gala and Silent Auction to Benefit Princeton’s Public School Students

03/03/2014

March 3, 2014 (Princeton, NJ) – The Princeton Education Foundation will hold its annual gala to benefit the Princeton Public School District’s school students on Saturday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m. at the Frick Chemistry Laboratory on the Princeton University campus. The University has graciously donated the space for the occasion.

 

In keeping with this year’s whimsical Dr. Seuss “Oh, the Places We’ll Go!” theme, the evening will feature a sumptuous tour of gourmet tastings donated by community restaurants and vendors including Mediterra, Eno Terra, Peony Pavilion, North End Bistro, Cross Culture, Alchemist & Barrister, IQuisine, Bai, and Jammin' Crepes, in addition to a special performance by comedian/actor Dan Nainan.  Nainan has appeared on network television including “Last Comic Standing” as well as in feature films. 

 

Guests will also enjoy a silent auction. Bidders may compete for a wide assortment of auction items, including a chance to be Mayor for a Day with Liz Lempert; a private tour with the Wilmerding Curator of American Art at the Princeton University Art Museum; and a special dinner for four at the private Dining Hall of the Institute for Advanced Study. Guests may also bid on dining and shopping opportunities in town, summer camps, vacation getaways, and artwork by renowned local artists.

 

“The Princeton Education Foundation helps to position the Princeton Public schools among the best in the country by providing funding for technology, music, science, and many curriculum enhancing programs identified by the District. The gala is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and this year's creative energy and community spirit is ensuring that it will be exceptionally beautiful and enjoyable,” said Princeton Education Foundation Board President Jean-Anne Madden. 

 

District Superintendent Steve Cochrane added: "The Princeton Education Foundation is an engine of innovation for our school district, inspiring our teachers to try out new technologies, new projects, and new approaches all in the service of our students.  I am incredibly grateful for our partnership.”

 

The silent auction will open online on or around March 20 at www.pefnj.org, when members of the public can submit bids for any of the auction items. The online auction enables bidders to participate even if they cannot come to the gala, so pre-bidding is encouraged.

The lead sponsor of this event is OnePrinceton, together with major sponsorship provided by Georgeanne Gould Moss, The Gould Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, and the W. Bryce Thompson Foundation.

 

To purchase tickets visit www.pefnj.org. Tickets start at $150. All tickets will be held at the door.

 

For more information contact: Suzanne Roth, suzannelroth@gmail.com, 609-356-0149 or Jill Morrison, jillanne36@yahoo.com, 609-994-4441.

Valid from 03/03/2014 to 04/06/2014

 

Princeton Education Foundation Receives Record Number of Applications for Teacher Mini-Grant Program

12/11/2014

December 11, 2014 (Princeton, NJ) – The Princeton Education Foundation is pleased to announce the results of the 2014-2015 PEF Teacher Mini-Grant awards.  This year, in a departure from previous years, the board decided to allocate additional funding towards Teacher Mini-Grants allowing teachers further opportunities to be innovative in the classroom.  This year’s PEF Teacher Mini-Grants award was increased up to $2000 per project, twice the previous limit of $1000.

 

PEF received 28 grant applications, almost double the number of applications in previous years, and had great difficulty evaluating the outstanding ideas from teachers throughout the school district.  The committee found the applications to be incredibly innovative, creative, and inspiring and were impressed with the time and thought that went into the planning and application process.  Funding was awarded to 18 grants across all school in the district totaling just under $25,000.  Grants encompassed all aspects of education including music, STEM, language, special education, reading, and fitness and health.  The PEF Board of Advisors and Mini-Grant committee would like to thank all the teachers who applied their time, energy, and devotion to making our children’s education that much better. 
 

PEF Teacher Mini-Grants were awarded to the following teachers and projects:

John Emmons, Brittany Moore,                                 Colonial Living Fair

Elizabeth Czelusniak and Janet Thomas

 

Ellen Klimczuk                                                           Learning about Geography

Bevan Mullowney                                                       Dual Language Immersion

Billie Jo Tees                                                              Book Club Buddies

Jordan Ullman and Elizabeth Collier                           Minecraft EDU

Tiffany Worden, Diane Lefenfeld and Dan Van Hise              Interactive Nature Trail

Martha Friend                                                                        Where’s the Wind

Sarah Schwimmer, Nancy Livingston,                                     Walking Classroom 

Amy Pearlmuttert and Holly Javick 

 

Mark Eastburn                                                                        Genetics Through Turtles

Randolph Casey                                                          3D Printers

Monica Kenah, Kristina Felllin and Carolyn Bailey    World Language Lounge

Claudia Luongo                                                           JW Tile and Mosaic Mural

Jennifer Simon and Carolyn Bailey                             Debating Science

Randy White                                                              JWMS Piano Lab

Weefen Tsui, Claudia Luongo and Victoria Shen         Chinese Hand Puppet Theatre       

Andrea Dinan & Diana Lygas                                     Student Intervention Programs

Mark Higgins                                                             Control Model Railroad Network

Jason Pikul                                                                 Investment Club

 

The Princeton Education Foundation has raised approximately $2 million since its inception in 1995 to support education excellence in the Princeton Public Schools.  PEF encourages private philanthropy to enhance public education for students at all levels.

 

                               For more information, please contact Fran Jones, PEF Executive Director, at (609) 806-4214.

Valid from 12/11/2014 to 01/01/2015

 

Princeton Education Foundation

05/19/2010

Valid from 05/19/2010

 

PRINCETON EDUCATION FOUNDATION GIVES BIG BOOST TO PRINCETON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

06/16/2012

 

The Princeton Education Foundation, a non-profit organization established to encourage private philanthropy to the public school system, presented the Princeton Public Schools with a check for $113,500 at the district’s Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 12 at the John Witherspoon Middle School.

 

The gift comprises contributions from several different sources: $27,700 represents the annual end of year gift from the Princeton Education Foundation and will go toward upgrading the vocal and instrumental music classrooms in all four elementary schools; $27,550 reflects donations to the PowerUp PRS! technology campaign, an effort that the Princeton Education Foundation is overseeing in concert with the school district; and two gifts given to the Princeton Education Foundation from district PTOs - $28,250 from the Community Park Elementary School PTO, and $30,000 from the Johnson Park Elementary School PTO. These two gifts are directed through the PowerUp PRS! campaign specifically for children at Community Park and Johnson Park schools.

 

 “The Princeton Education Foundation is extremely grateful to the many sponsors and donors who have made it possible for us to offer this support to our schools,” said Barbara Prince, president of the Princeton Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

 

 

The Princeton Education Foundation is a bridge between the Princeton community and its public schools, encouraging private philanthropy to enhance public education for students at all levels. Since its inception in 1995, the Foundation has contributed more than $1.2 million to the Princeton Public Schools for capital improvements, educational programs and teacher support.

 

For more information contact:

Jill Morrison, jillanne36@yahoo.com or 609-994-4441

 

 

Valid from 06/16/2012 to 08/01/2012

 

Princeton Education Foundation Mini-Grant Funds Princeton High School Program

03/20/2013

March 20, 2013 (Princeton, NJ) - For the past ten years Janet Felton has worked as a
speech-language specialist at Princeton High School. Last fall, after attending a workshop
on executive functioning – the set of skills we use to plan, organize, initiate, and complete
activities - she shared what she learned with her colleagues in the Princeton Public School
District. The workshop was full of useful student-friendly tools to assist students in
managing their emotions, their time, and their school assignments.


Executive functioning skills help us to sustain our attention and persist in the face of
frustration. For many of Ms. Felton’s language impaired students, concepts regarding time,
time management, and self-regulation need frequent reinforcement. It is important to
provide easily remembered cues for students to use when expressing themselves,
especially in writing assignments. With school budgets already in place, Ms. Felton turned
to the Princeton Education Foundation’s Mini-Grant program to secure the funding needed
to bring a variety of these tools into her classroom through the Executive Functioning and
Emotional Regulation Program.

“What has been really exciting about introducing these materials to my students is learning
which ones help build up the students’ confidence in expressing themselves. I have been
discussing these tools with the District’s Student Services office and have made
suggestions to incorporate a few of them at the elementary
and middle school levels, so that students can get the
benefit of these organizational tools earlier in their
schooling,” said Felton. One especially helpful tool is a
simple string of seven colored beads that helps students
remember the important components of telling a story.
Another “helps students organize their homework tasks by
using SMART, a conceptual framework that stands for
Sheets, Materials, Actions, Resources and Technology,”
continued Felton, who works along side many teachers in
the classroom to integrate these time management skills
when the students participate in classes alongside their
peers.

Felton received an $876 Mini-Grant from the Princeton
Education Foundation to buy materials for she and four
other teachers she is training. The Executive Functioning and Emotional Regulation
Program is one of twelve projects across the district that received a Princeton Education Foundation Mini-Grant during the 2012  -2013 academic year. The Princeton Education
Foundation established the Mini-Grant program to help fund innovative classroom projects
that teachers wish to try in their classes.

Among the many projects funded this year are elementary level reading initiatives, middle
school applied science and technology projects and enhancement of a high school STEM
(science, technology, engineering and math) program with Mindstorm Robotics.


The Princeton Education Foundation was established in 1995 to serve as a bridge between
our community and our public schools -- encouraging private philanthropy to enhance
public education for students at all levels. Since its inception, the Princeton Education
Foundation has contributed over $1,200,000 to the Princeton Public Schools for capital
improvements, educational programs and teacher support.

For more information please contact:
Jill Morrison
609-994-4441
Jill.a.morrison@gmail.com

Valid from 03/20/2013 to 05/15/2013

Princeton Education Foundation Mini-Grant leads to new mural at Princeton High School

01/07/2013

 

January 7, 2013 (Princeton) - Thanks to funding from the Princeton Education Foundation, Princeton High School art student Klair Siciliano will lead a project this spring to create a permanent mosaic mural outside one of the high school’s art rooms. Siciliano was chosen to lead the project by art teacher Linda Nickman, who assigned Siciliano a similar project last year to help complete an existing mosaic on a door surround wall inside the art classroom.

 

This current project is on a grander scale, covering three walls around the entrance to the art classroom, and will be seen by thousands of people - students, faculty and school visitors now and for years to come.

 

Siciliano was asked to design the mural, which will be filled with colorful tile and glass. Her preliminary concept designs were drawn to scale and shared with PHS principal Gary Snyder and superintendent Judy Wilson who jointly approved the project plans.  

 

Princeton High School does not have the budget to support these types of special projects. Enter the Princeton Education Foundation, a non-profit organization founded to help bring to life innovative projects and programs that fall outside the school district’s means. The mural project won a Princeton Education Foundation mini-grant, funds that teachers may apply for to support specific programs to enhance their classroom teaching.

 

Last year, twelve projects across the district were supported through a Princeton Education Foundation mini-grant. Among the many projects are elementary level reading initiatives, middle school applied science and technology projects and enhancement of a high school STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program with Mindstorm Robotics.

 

With a $1,000 mini-grant secured by Nickman for the mural, Siciliano was able to begin work. She visited a wholesale tile and glass distributor and acquired the necessary supplies. All PHS Studio Art 3D students will contribute to the project by making small circular tiles with positive phrases and/or images that they choose as a 'legacy' to inspire those who view this large mosaic. These white-on-white tiles will be made from clay and fired in the kiln at the high school, and will unite to form the background and add interest and texture to the psychedelic-colored flower burst design. 

 

The Princeton Education Foundation’s support of this project illustrates how the organization can enhance the education of Princeton's public school students. Only by providing these wonderful opportunities can potential be developed. In this case, perhaps even the next Michael Graves!

 

Valid from 01/07/2013 to 02/28/2013

 

Princeton Education Foundation Presents Gift to PPS

07/25/2013

 

July 24, 2013 (Princeton) – The Princeton Education Foundation, a non-profit organization established to encourage private philanthropy to the public school system, presented the Princeton Public Schools with a check for $55,635 at the District’s Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, July 23 at the Valley Road School Administration Building.

The gift comprises contributions from several different sources and is to be used in various ways:

 

§       $25,000 represents the annual end of year gift from the Princeton Education Foundation. Of this gift, $8,000 will go toward outfitting one of two enclosed classrooms at the new John Witherspoon Middle School Media Center with needed technology and equipment and the remaining $17,000 will be used for robotics and computer science academic enhancements at the middle school and Princeton High School;

§       $8,135 comes from the ongoing PowerUp! fundraising campaign and will cover the cost of outfitting the second of the two enclosed classrooms at the John Witherspoon Middle School Media Center with needed technology and equipment.

§       $10,000 is provided by a grant from Dollar General and will be used to support the extension of the Parent/Family University Program at John Witherspoon Middle School to the elementary schools. The program is for English language learners and their families.

§       $9,500 is provided by a grant from the J. Seward Johnson 1963 Charitable Trust and will be used to support the Princeton High School Ideas Center.

§       $3,000 was given by Bristol-Myers Squibb for the Student Investigative Project, a science-inquiry program in the elementary schools.

 

“The Princeton Education Foundation would not be able to offer this support to our schools were it not for our many generous sponsors and donors, and we are extremely grateful to them,” said the Foundation’s executive director, Adrienne Rubin.  “We are very fortunate to live in a community that not only values education, but is willing to take an active part in ensuring educational excellence for all of our students.” 

With February’s donation of $22,212 to the school district and $11,146 in Mini-Grant funding to teachers for innovative projects, the Princeton Education Foundation has provided $88,993 in financial support for the Princeton Public Schools this past academic year.

The Princeton Education Foundation is a bridge between the Princeton community and its public schools, encouraging private philanthropy to enhance public education for students at all levels. Since its inception in 1995, the Foundation has contributed more than $1.2 million to the Princeton Public Schools for capital improvements, educational programs and teacher support.

For more information contact:

Jill Morrison, jill.a.morrison@gmail.com or 609-994-4441

 

 

Valid from 07/25/2013 to 09/01/2013

 

Princeton Education Foundation Teacher Mini-Grants in Action

06/19/2014

The Princeton Education has funded a number of interesting projects in the Princeton Public Schools this spring via the Teacher Mini-Grant program. Attached is a press release looking at some of the mini-grant projects to see how they went. The mini-grants are given across all levels - from elementary to high school. For this release, we tried to select projects with accompanying photographs. The full list is on the PEF website: http://pefnj.org/site/teachers

Valid from 06/19/2014 to 08/01/2014




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