The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation is pleased to announce the results of the Elevate Toms River Principals’ Innovation Challenge. Earlier in the year, every principal in the Toms River Regional District had the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $10,000 to be used for a project that will advance innovation in education. Each of the proposals were so remarkable that all of the 19 schools will receive their full funding requests. In total, the Foundation will give $182,654, exceeding the original $150,000 grant.
When applying for the grant, the principals were given the freedom to come up with their own projects and budgets within the $10,000 limit. The results showed both diverse and similar thinking with all projects employing an innovative approach to enhance the curriculum. The principals came up with creative projects not only to advance their schools, but to collaborate with others in the community such as non-profit organizations, local farmers, businesses and other educational institutions, proving the bond of the Toms River community is strong.
The selection committee consisted of Tiffany Lucey, Supervisor of Educational Technology, Cara DiMeo, Director of Elementary Curriculum, Norma DeNoia, Director of Secondary Curriculum, and Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation staff. Jeremy Grunin, Executive Director of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation stated, “We are so impressed by the ideas and thoughtfulness that came out of this proposal process. There is so much talent in our school district and we can’t wait to see it come to life through these diverse projects.” David Healy, Superintendent of the Toms River Regional District said, “We are very grateful to the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation for providing us with this opportunity that will support our principals in taking their ideas to the next level. This very generous grant award will no doubt broaden the level of instruction, spark innovation, and expand the scope of student learning. Our teachers, students, parents and school community will all benefit from these innovative projects and are anxious to get started.”