Point Pleasant Foundation for Excellence in Education
A 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization
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Foundation Committee

Katie Blessing

Vice President:
Michele Hart

Kathy Fencik

James Dempsey

Committee Members:
Ryan Blessing
Sandra Cranwell
Marie Foley-Danecker
Harry Ferguson
Regina Foley
Christine Gray
Matt Gray
Dave Johnson
Inger Knapp
Maureen Martin
Alicia Scalabrini
Craig Veprek

Key Documents

Letter to the Community

Donation Form

2017 HOF Brochure

New Foundation Event

The Foundation typically hosts its annual Hall of Fame (HOF) dinner in March of each year to honor HOF Inductees, District staff members who have been selected for various honors, and senior student leaders. We are not hosting the dinner this year, but we are hosting a new event, A Celebration of Boro’s Best, on May 3 at Jenkinson’s Pavilion on Point Pleasant boardwalk, from 6:30-9:30 PM. The event will recognize the staff and student leaders as we have done in prior years, and for the first time ever, we will be awarding four Foundation Classroom Grants to district faculty members. The grants could be up to $2,500 each.

Tickets to attend are $50 for a cocktail-style reception with a cash bar, along with live music and games. To purchase tickets and more information, visit Eventbrite.

Former Teacher & Coach Donates to Foundation

The Foundation is extremely grateful to Mr. George Stamos for his very generous donation of $25,000. Mr. Stamos and his late wife, Connie, were both teachers in the Boro schools in the 1960s. Mr. Stamos was the coach of the boys’ soccer team that won the overall Group II State Championship in 1968. Thank you, Mr. Stamos!

Foundation Inducts Three New Members at 2017 HOF Dinner

The Foundation held its 19th Annual Hall of Fame (HOF) dinner at the Crystal Point Yacht Club on March 24. Over 200 people attended this year’s event. Three alumni were inducted into the HOF during the dinner: Thomas Handwerk, Class of 1969; Jean Martin Christie, Class of 1979; and Ralph Colombino, Class of 1987. Visit the Hall of Fame section for more information on the 2017 inductees and to download copies of the Dinner Journal and a complete list of all past inductees.

During the evening, the Foundation also honored 13 faculty and staff members from the District’s four schools. In addition, 10 high school senior students were recognized and presented with $500 Leadership awards. Visit the Recognition & Awards section for a list of the teacher and student honorees and more photos.

Update on Media Center Upgrades

The Foundation has donated a total of $37,300 to the District to accomplish a major renovation of the High School’s Media Center. The funding financed the purchase of new furniture and workstations that creates an environment that facilitates the ability of students to collaborate on team projects and to better share ideas. It also funded the upgrade/replacement of 22 computers in the Media Center, replacing old Windows-based technology with Chromebooks and large LED screens, using cloud-based computing. This configuration conforms to the District’s evolving technology architecture and provides faster and more efficient platforms for accomplishing research on the internet and taking on-line standardized tests.

The renovated Center is a model for surrounding schools, and has generated visits from media specialists from Manasquan and New Brunswick High Schools. Longer term, the Foundation wants to raise funds to accomplish upgrades in the Media Centers of the middle and grammar schools to bring them more in line with 21st century media center capabilities and functionality.

The Foundation has an ongoing CrowdRise campaign to raise funding for upgrading the Media Centers/libraries in the District’s 4 schools You can support this effort by visiting our Media Centers Upgrade CrowdRise page. Give whatever you can -- every donation makes a difference, no matter how small. All donations are tax deductible.

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