Funds Raised To Help Enrich Point Road Elementary And Markham Place Middle School Students Increased 38 Percent Year Over Year
Little Silver, NJ – June 22, 2015 – Thanks to overwhelming community support at its annual Spring fundraiser, the Education Foundation of Little Silver (EFLS) has been able to approve nearly $90,000 in technology donations for the 2015-2016 school year including 265 Chromebooks, Eno boards, digital cameras and more. A new and successful component of this year’s approach was a revised grant process in which the teachers were invited to submit proposals for funding that were vetted by the EFLS much further in advance than in prior years. This enabled the EFLS team to identify the total need prior to the fundraiser and to work with the Little Silver School Administration to better understand district priorities. The grants reflected the universal drive towards 1to1 computing in education which placed a high priority on investment in Chromebooks for all grades.
“Whether it’s investing in new equipment, or replacing aging assets, the need for technology investment in our school system is high. The EFLS’s goal is to enrich the lives of Little Silver students by providing hands-on learning experiences through technology and other resources, and we are excited to have had such a successful fundraising year,” said Kelly Cullen, EFLS President. “It is a testament to the tremendously supportive community of Little Silver, as well as the EFLS volunteers and generous sponsors of our fundraising events, that we continuously manage to surpass our expectations.”
New technology demands such as repairs, upgrades, infrastructure, and external pressures – like the new PARCC exams – have created a funding gap for the Little Silver District. The main goal for the EFLS this year was to substantially increase community fundraising year over year, and that goal was met with a 38 percent increase over the $65,000 raised in 2014 (totaling $90,000 this year). This year’s event, held in March at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the EFLS.
Dr. Pamela Albert Devine, Principal at Point Road Elementary School said, “The Administration is delighted with the achievements of the Education Foundation of Little Silver this year and grateful for the input of our dedicated teachers regarding the most valuable technologies for our classrooms. It is always a goal of the administration to have students and their families take a more active and engaged role in the learning process, and introducing newer, state-of-the-art technologies makes that possible.”
About the Education Foundation of Little Silver (EFLS)
The mission of the Education Foundation of Little Silver (EFLS) is to enrich the education of students in the Little Silver Public Schools through community fundraising efforts. The EFLS values the support of the Little Silver school community as well as the support of its generous sponsors – local businesses who appreciate the importance of keeping our schools competitive.