Parsippany Education Foundation awards grants

Stella Gizas, President and Deb Bogaert, Secretary - presenting check to Board of Education Member, Joseph Cistaro

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Education Foundation awarded $24,844.47 in grants to the Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education at the BOE meeting on Tuesday, November 28.

The grants funded activities in the areas of Reading, Writing, History, Technology, Music, Math and Science. Students will be participating in a history competition, creating a Stem Squad Club with help from Picatinny Arsenal Engineers, and attending a Science assembly. There is an ESL grant to help student’s expand their vocabulary, and Author Dan Gutman will be spending a day at two elementary schools teaching them how a book is completed from start to finish.

They funded Cultural Arts grants where High School and Middle School students will be participating in a Choral Mini-Residency, Middle School Students will be attending theatrical workshops for a Shakespearean Play, and a NJ Symphony Orchestra will perform for Elementary Students. They also funded grants that gave our multi-disabled Students the opportunity to enhance their social skills through community exploration, and another grant that encourages social skills, through instruments, for our autistic students and another that empowers middle school girls in building self esteem. The students will also learn Character Education through a program called “The Man in the Red Bandana,” which teaches selflessness, kindness, and leadership.

The Parsippany Education Foundation began in 1996 with a goal of providing unique, varied, and innovative learning programs to enhance the educational experience of Parsippany students. We fundraise throughout the year with our Tom Ladas Memorial Golf Outing and other smaller events. We are thrilled to have funded now for 20 years and hope that our grants have made a positive impact on our students. In just the past ten years, they have funded 32 grants to the high schools, 38 grants to the middle schools, and 60 grants to the elementary schools.

More information about our present grants and past grants can be found on their website by clicking here and their facebook page. We encourage you to “like us” on facebook.

They are always looking for new avenues to partner with local business and corporate sponsors in our quest to strive towards our mission of providing enrichment and innovative programs for the 7200 plus students in the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District.