January - June 2014
Reorganized Foundation awards first grant
FEBRUARY 24, 2014 -- Byrd Elementary School is the recipient of the first grant awarded by the reactivated Glen Rock Education Foundation (GREF).
GREF's Andrea Egan and Bob Burslem
savor the moment with Byrd's Linda Weber, Andrea Mayernik and Ofeer Kearns.
The organization will donate $2,250 for the purchase of Dell tablets for "Listen to Reading" stations being piloted in the school's first-grade classrooms. Read Gazette article
January - June 2013
APRIL 13, 2013 -- A big high five to those of you who stopped by with your kids after the GRBA Opening Day parade to guess the number of gum balls or to warm up at our pre-game "GREF Bazooka Balloon Buster" throwing challenge at Hamilton School.
Many thanks for your helpful donations.
THANK YOU, Glen Rock Jaycees!
(From left): Jaycees' John Bernard, GREF's Mona Milbrodt and Bob Burslem, and Jaycees' Gil Pongetti.
APRIL 2, 2013 – The Glen Rock Jaycees presented a donation to the Glen Rock Education Foundation for $500 at the foundation's monthly meeting. "We're proud to support the GR Education Foundation," said the Jaycees' John Bernard.
Foundation receives $10,000 grant
MARCH 20, 2013 -- "It takes money to make money," the old saying goes, and the Glen Rock Education Foundation (GREF) has just received a huge dose of what it takes — a $10,000 grant, to be distributed over two years, from the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey.
Read the GREF news release
GREF members have a 'Seussational' time
MARCH 1, 2013 – Glen Rock Education Foundation board members showed that you're never too young to start loving books, as they read to Glen Rock's preschool students in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday.
This was the first time the Glen Rock Community School has had guest readers on Read Across America Day, sponsored by the National Education Association.
Bob Burslem, GREF president, and Angela Vila, GREF vice president, read to children in Barb DeLaat's morning and afternoon Terrific for Tots Three-Year-Old classes. The book selected, "Little Pink Pig" by Pat Hutchins, was chosen because it emphasizes words with the letter "P," the letter of the week.
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child."
GREF Launches Website, Encourages Participation From Students, Thanks Early Donors
JANUARY 2, 2013 -- The Glen Rock Education Foundation (GREF) has launched a website, at gr-edufoundation.org. The site will communicate updates on activities, the foundation's mission, and ways to donate not only money, but also time.
“This could be especially significant for high school students who have community service requirements to fulfill,” said Bob Burslem, president of the foundation. Volunteers will be involved in marketing initiatives, grant writing, planning fundraising activities, and other public relations projects.
“Our website is geared toward those interested in making our children's education experience more meaningful than what is mandated by the state,” he added. With early donations from the Glen Rock High School/Middle School HSA and the Hamilton School HSA, GREF was reinstated this year to raise money from a variety of (often overlooked) sources to support broad-based experiences for Glen Rock's public school students. “We thank these two generous organizations and welcome input from the community on the type and scope of activities we select in 2013 to better serve our schools,” Burslem said.
Community members interested in volunteering should send a letter to GREF, 233 Rock Road, # 333, Glen Rock, NJ 07452 or e-mail the foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July - December 2013
"Race to Nowhere" issues urgent call to restore balance
MAY 7, 2013 -- For many kids, school feels more like a destination than a discovery, and a race instead of a journey. For many experts and parents, it has become a race – to nowhere.
At modern-day American schools, the level of "work" is often ineffective in developing critical thinking skills students need to compete in today's world. Kids come home admitting they're not really learning much; the whole experience has become rote, overwhelming or stressful.
That was some of the feedback cited by the 100 or so parents, educators and residents who gathered to watch Vicki Abeles's documentary, "Race to Nowhere," on May 7 in the GRHS auditorium.
Read more about the key issues...and what you can do NOW.
One Night Only!
JULY 10, 2013 -- Local bands and performing artists of all ages are wanted for "Rock House," a two-night concert event this fall at the Glen Rock Athletic Club in Glen Rock.
The event, sponsored by the Glen Rock Education Foundation, was created to help promote Glen Rock musicians and raise money for the Glen Rock Education Foundation. Read the release.