FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                Contact: Marybeth Maida, 732-778-2090

Tuesday, September 30, 2008                              Email:  maidamb@comcast.net

 

Red Bank Borough Education Foundation Reestablished (RBBEF)

Community Members Partner with Board of Education to Enhance Children’s Educational Experiences

 

Red Bank, NJ – During the past six months, community members have worked diligently with Red Bank Board of Education Superintendent Laura Morana and several borough School Board members to reestablish a foundation that will benefit the children of the Red Bank Borough school system.

 

The Red Bank Borough Education Foundation (RBBEF) was created at a meeting held at Riverview Medical Center last February. Led by School Board member Rosemarie Kopka, the initiative to recreate this foundation with a vision of excellence that will enhance the educational experience of every student was achieved last February, when members elected an executive board of Councilwoman Kathy Horgan, President; Marybeth Maida, Vice President; Wayne Boatwright, Second Vice President, Andres Simonson, Secretary; and Ed Zipprich, Treasurer.

 

The mission of the Foundation, which is a not for profit community organization, is to support the District’s goal of preserving and restoring the Primary School’s 17 acre wetland property through sustainable land use and “green” school practices. The organization’s main emphasis is the creation and maintenance of learning environments in which our students and community members may study and enjoy the natural world.

 

“The re-establishment of the Education foundation is a collaboration of the Red Bank Board of Education and the Red Bank community” said Superintendent Laura Morana. “The community has supported this reestablishment, and we are certain more citizens will want to become members of this wonderful organization.” 

 

The preliminary goal of the RBBEF is to serve the Red Bank Borough school community by raising awareness about the nature preserve that houses our primary school and increasing funds to help maintain the grounds and facility there. “Our primary school, which was built in the 1970’s with geo-thermal heating and air conditioning, is a model for our future” said Ed Zipprich, who also serves as membership chair of the foundation.

 

President Kathy Horgan outlined the primary objectives of the organization as:

§         Establishing and maintaining a plan for fund generation as well as general criteria for the distribution of funds

§         Raising funds by personal and business donations, grants and grant management procedures

§         Establishing priorities of relevant projects with special consideration given to the study of natural sciences in outdoor settings incorporated in the original design of the Primary School

§         Supporting professional and curriculum development for these projects

 

Vice President and grants committee chair Marybeth Maida helped the Board establish its 10 year vision which reads:

 

“The Red Bank Borough Board of Education and the RBBEF will join with the Borough of Red Bank, Rutgers University Department of Landscape Architecture and various community and state organizations to establish an educational/visitor site on the Primary School property.”

 

 Maida explains that by “promoting exploration and preservation of this environmentally unique landscape along the Swimming River, we can provide learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom into the surrounding natural environment to create and support an ecologically literate community.”

 

The RBBEF invites all community members to join the Foundation.  Interested parties may contact Ed Zipprich at 732.219.5192 or visit the website www.rbbef.org for more information.

 

A photography competition using the spectacular scenery along the Red Bank Primary School’s 17-acre property will serve as the Foundation’s first fundraising event that will run from September 30 – October 30, 2008. Winner will have their photographs printed on a special boxed set of note cards available for the holiday 2008 season. ONE Prize winner will also receive $100. Visit the RBBEF website for contest information www.rbbef.org/contest