June 18, 2009 - RBBEF announces Swimming River Discoveries

Dr. Morana Initiates RBBEF Fundraising with Salary Reduction
Red Bank Borough Schools Superintendent, Laura C. Morana, E.D.D, in a letter to Red Bank Board of Education President, Peter Noble, has requested that half of her contracted 4% salary increase for 2009-2010 be donated to the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation. Dr. Morana’s donation is given “in support of its [the Foundation’s] commitment to the students of our school system.”
The Red Bank Borough Education Foundation is dedicated to providing borough students with educational opportunities to supplement the school curriculum. Dr. Morana indicated that her bequest would initiate the fund for the Education Foundation’s current project, Swimming River Discoveries. Swimming River Discoveries is a plan to adapt the seventeen-acre tract where the Red Bank Primary School is sited along the Swimming River as a nature preserve with outdoor educational laboratories; river, pond, and stream access; nature trails; outdoor classrooms; and even recreation opportunities for borough residents.
Dr. Morana’s bequest represents the first significant contribution to the Foundation’s fundraising efforts. It is another demonstration of her commitment to using the resources of the school property, itself, to support learning in science, math, and language arts. Dr. Morana has been meeting with curriculum consultants to this end and hopes to enlist the support of the Center for Environmental and Scientific Education operated by Ramapo College under the NJ Meadowlands Commission to integrate outdoor field-based lessons with core science curriculum.
Membership in the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation is open to any person sharing its goals. Interested parties should contact membership chairman, Ed Zipprich, via the organization’s website, www.rbbef.org or e-mail directly info@rbbef.org. Questions can be referred to Rosemarie Kopka at 732-758-0636.
Kathleen Panepinto