Students painted their sculpture before the Raku firing.
Richard Blanco hosts one of several breakout sessions for students.
March 23 – Central School First Grade Teacher Heather Frank received a $2,250 grant for the purchase of two tablets to expand the "Listening to Reading" activity (piloted this year at Byrd) into Central's first grade classrooms.
April 17 – The Friday, Pre-Prom Raku pottery firing in the GRHS courtyard was the culmination of three sessions for more than 60 GRHS Advanced Sculpture students led by Steve Jaskowak of the Montclair Art Museum. "This experience was one-of-a-kind and truly memorable," said art teacher Nicole Rusin, who received the $2,500 grant from GREF in December 2014. See our video.
November – The GR BOE permitted GREF access to a database of federal, state and private foundation grant opportunities -- open to members of the NJ School Board Association. We hope to target specific opportunities that fit with teacher's curriculum goals and facilitate formative learning opportunities for our students.
Launch of "Take Your Seat" (February) – The program offers the purchase, for an unrestricted tax-deductible donation of $100, of a personalized brass plate attached to a seat in the Glen Rock High School Auditorium. The first was completed in December. As of that date, 32 donors stepped up and have a personal place in Glen Rock High School Auditorium history! GREF has netted $2.300 to date from this fundraising program.
NJ Devils Game – Although we didn't sell a lot of tickets to the March 6 Devils game, our reps took part in a large NJ Education Foundation Partnership (NJEFP) membership meeting that provided great ideas. Our $60 ticket sales check from NJEFP was enough to cover the cost of our NJEFP membership dues!
Pinot's Palette (March 31) – Thanks to event chair Christine Pfeiffer, GREF raised $600 hosting 18 enthusiastic, artistic donors who came out to paint Tuscan Wildflowers in support of our organization while we sipped wine, sampled Savory Thymes Catering food and listened to great music. Our sponsors included Zen Rock Pilates and Spin Studio, Verdi Blu and Fairway Markets.
Alumni Tradition Bowl (November 27) – More than 50 alumni players responded to Coach Al Deaett's call to return to the field for an evening of fun and to pay it forward, which raised $1,800. A big thank you to GRTV's Rick Van Rumpt and Leo Vila for their coverage, the Gazette for its article, and our sponsors, including the Glen Rock Inn.
Mona Milbrodt and Karyn Stephenson with "El Diablo."
Lisa Viggiano won the Fairway Market basket
Coach Al Deaett with "the troops."
Bob Burslem and Friends enjoy Read Across America.
AJ Storinge, Nina Dietrich + Joe DeBonis
at April 14 Media Career panel.
Angela and Bob speak with GR BOE trustee Liz Carr at the GREF table at the Community Showcase
Crissie Smith answers a question from an interested student after our Dec. 8 Health Care Career Panel.
Read Across America day (March 2) – Treasurer Bob Burslem read to some pre-K Terrific for Tots Community School students to commemorate Dr. Seuss's birthday.
Media/Communications Career Panel (April 14) – Our second career panel featured eight local professionals representing advertising, journalism, public relations, internet marketing and broadcasting.They talked about unique experiences and projects, required skills, impact of technology, consumer selectivity and the changing competitive landscape. Overall message: "Find your passion, develop a strong personal narrative, and put yourself in situations where you'll be noticed."
Community Showcase (October 7) – This district-sponsored, town-wide event catered to those new to Glen Rock and others who would like to get to know (and get involved with) more Glen Rock organizations. GREF manned a table that promoted our organization, providing a video that summarizes who were are and what we do.
Health Care Career Panel (December 8) – Our third career panel featured seven local professionals representing pediatrics, corporate medicine, physical therapy, nursing, dentistry and pharmaceutical professions. Led by moderator Dr. Deborah Ungerleider (also a GR parent), the panel talked about the hours studying required while in school, great starting salaries for doctors right out of residency, but also the strain of owning your own practice is fierce. Nurses do it for love, everyone has a memorable patient or two, and no, you don't have to be a bio major, and get yourself a mentor.