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Berkeley Heights Education Foundation Makes a Difference

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 • 1:20am

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - This year, Governor Livingston High School (GLHS)  art students will learn the chemistry behind cyanotype prints in a joint chemistry and art workshop; elementary students will construct and learn to play their own panpipes; and middle  school students will have the New York Times’ “Upfront” magazine to spur discussion and  debate about current events. These programs represent three examples of many innovative 
 programs funded by 2013-2014 grants from the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation (BHEF). 
 
In addition, GLHS science teachers were awarded the annual Marsha Miller Grant for Outstanding Innovation. The grant supported the teachers’ requests for Pasco Airlink Bluetooth adapters and software to enhance the use of current Pasco sensors and probes (supported by  a previous BHEF grant). This equipment allows science students immediate and direct access,  via their iPads, to collected data and analytical mathematical tools to support them as they conduct science experiments.
 
Overall, the BHEF awarded more than $25,000 in grants to support programs and technology across all schools in the Berkeley Heights district. These grants were made possible thanks to the generous support of its Partners in Education, including Suburban Optik and The Connell Company, and all of the individual and local business supporters of the foundation. 
 
Additional grants awarded by the BHEF supported a wide range of educational enrichment across the school district, including  a mobile science lab station, an entomology program, a Spanish card game, Explorer and Storyworks magazines, Peace Pole kits, recess yoga lessons, document cameras for art  classrooms, a Parent’s Lending library, Roller Racer equipment for physical education, StarWalk Kids eBook collection, Raz-Kids and Science A-Z reading licenses, equipment for musical use of iPads, a portable LED projector, various iPad applications for Special Education, Brain Hive ebook subscription, aluminum canvasses for computer graphics, a steel pan drum, a  professional photographer led tour of Grand Central Terminal, a multifunction color printer, guitars and accessories, and “Rachel’s Challenge,” a comprehensive anti-bullying and student-
empowering program.
 
The BHEF is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to enhance educational excellence in the Berkeley Heights Public Schools. The BHEF sponsors programs and organizes events that support innovative instruction, strengthen school–community ties, enrich students’ appreciation of the arts and humanities, and augment technology resources throughout the  district. This year the BHEF will raise funds through its ever popular Faculty Basketball game on March 18, in addition to donations solicited from the annual brochure describing the BHEF’s  goals and accomplishments that was mailed to all Berkeley Heights residents in November. For additional information and a full list of grants, please visit the BHEF website.
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