Our focus is on encouraging excellence through creative teaching, facilitating student development, and fostering community/school partnerships. The Foundation will fund major projects, and will enable faculty members to undertake a number of innovative classroom projects at all grade levels by awarding numerous small classroom grants.
Five “Primary Funds” have been created to support five core areas of education.
Technology and Learning Fund:
Today, technology is the engine that drives our economy. Our world is increasingly dependent on technology for everything from communication to space exploration and medicine. Students with a strong understanding of technology and its applications will have an edge in their academic and professional careers. The Technology and Learning Fund supports programs that promote the use of emerging technologies and provides experiences that will prepare students for the 21st Century work place.
Arts and Education Fund:
If technology is the engine of a civilization then the arts are its spirit. The arts define our civilization and connect our cultures. Through the Arts and Education Fund, the Foundation seeks to provide experiences in the fine and performing arts that will enhance the District’s existing programs, promote greater student participation, and lay the groundwork for a lifelong appreciation of the arts, for students, faculty, and the community-at-large.
Scholastic Enhancement Fund:
The key to scholastic excellence lies not with the rote memorization of facts, but with development of a true lifelong love of learning. To achieve this goal, the Foundation encourages programs that look beyond the four walls of the classroom. The Scholastic Enhancement Fund stimulates the examination of bold ideas, questions, and concepts outside the core curriculum.
Cultural Enrichment Fund:
Resources from this fund will identify and finance programs that generate cross-cultural appreciation so that Shamong students, faculty, and community may be enriched by, and prepared for, life and work in an increasingly global community.
Professional Development Fund:
Schools need teachers who have the tools, incentives, and leadership skills to accomplish their goals. In support of the invaluable resource Shamong School District has in its teaching staff, the Foundation encourages classroom innovation through ongoing professional enrichment. This fund will enable teachers and administrators to pursue professional training experiences that are not available through traditional resources.