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Ridgewood Education Foundation Announces Recent Grants

Ridgewood families learn about the 3-D printer at Super Science Saturday.
Ridgewood families learn about the 3-D printer at Super Science Saturday. Photo Credit: contributed

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- Over the past year, the Ridgewood Education Foundation has funded a number of initiatives in the Ridgewood school system, dealing with science, mental health and technology.

Here are some of the Foundation's recent grants:

Super Science Saturday -- The Foundation supported this event, now in its 28th year, with a grant of $3,400. This annual, half-day, noncompetitive event showcases a variety of scientific explorations and applications. Both professionals and students present their projects alongside each other.

Super Science Saturday will be held at Ridgewood High School on Saturday, Feb. 27. For more information, check out the event website.

George Washington Middle School archery program -- The Foundation assisted this program through its $2,500 grant to purchase equipment. "The archery program, run by the Physical Education Department in both middle schools, is credited with helping athletes and non-athletes learn critical skills such as improving focus and concentration, learning patience, enhancing self-confidence, and improving sportsmanship," according to a news release.

mental health speaker series -- Lastly, the Foundation has co-sponsored a speaker series on student mental health and well-being with a $5,000 grant. This community event includes eight parent-education evenings, with speakers on topics focusing on finding balance in life and reducing stress and anxiety. Four of these sessions remain, finishing up in May 2016.

The grant also includes a full of day training for teachers and coaches, to help them assist students to find balance and emotional well-being.

other grants -- The Foundation has made major and minor grants to the school system and community in the past few years. These have including, in part, buying Google Chrome Books for each student in the high school and middle schools, at a cost of $250,000; updating and enhancing the Ridgewood High School Library, now called the Learning Commons, for $110,000; and funding improvements in both Ben Franklin and George Washington Middle Schools to enhance the science curriculum, for $85,000.

The Foundation relies on donations from Ridgewood residents, Ridgewood school alumni and local companies. To learn more about the Foundation or to donate to the Foundation, visit its website.

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