The Ridgewood Education Foundation is an independent 501c3 organization, whose mission is to collaborate with District Administration, the Home and School Associations and the Board of Education to enhance public eduction in Ridgewood, NJ.
IN THE BEGINNING...
The REF was established in 1989 to provide private funds to enhance the experiences of students in the Ridgewood Public Schools.
OUR NEW STORY, OUR NEW ROLE...
Building on our 26- year legacy of philanthropy , in 2013 we made a bold decision to broaden our scope of our investments and raise the impact of our initiatives.
Recent grants from The Foundation have supported a great range of initiatives—from a leadership grant to fund the new Learning Commons at RHS and the district’s first phases of foundational infrastructure to prepare for the new STEM curriculum to a gift to help the district provide an innovative yoga program for our students on the autism spectrum and our support of the RHS 1:1 Chromebooks for all RHS students.
We have deepened and redefined our role in the life of our community both by selecting to support projects with district-wide reach and by creating vigorous community-building events.
The Ridgewood Education Foundation is an IRC § 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. All contributions are deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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As we move forward, we continue to fund innovative programs that build community within the district and/or meet the following important criteria:
That continue to advance the District’s technology plan through the purchase of devices, hardware, infrastructure and other equipment needed for 21st Century Learning and academics;
That provide professional development to prepare teachers for new technology and project based learning in the classrooms, STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Math) and other forward-looking curricula;
That fund broadly focused initiatives that support new technologies, STEAM and other new related curricula;
That enhance educational excellence in Ridgewood.
TIMELINE OF ACHIEVEMENTS
-Rutgers Science Bus BFMS grade 6
-Physics Supplies for RHS 9-12
-Awarded $20,000 from the Columbia Bank Foundation
-2nd Annual Oktoberfest
-Granted $85,000 to modernize classrooms at BFMS and GWMS for the new STEM curriculum
-Granted $150,000 to help fund Chromebook at RHS
-1st Annual Oktoberfest
The support of our donors ensures that the tradition of innovation and excellence in public education in Ridgewood continues. Please help us show our appreciation by supporting their businesses!
Columbia Bank Foundation
Ernst & Young
Jennifer McGee Designs~The Wine Seller~ Reno's Appliances~ Onyx Equities
Nancy Ricca~Backwoods~Ridgewood Tree Corporation~ Hammer & Nail~ The DeVita Family
Jennie Smith Wilson~ Home Supply~ Park West Tavern~ Doherty Inc.~ Sheila Brogan and Bill Reilly~ Thomas Flint Landscape Design and Development~ Precision Orthodontics~ Messineo & Messineo~
Health Barn USA~ Van Dyk Health Care~ Tarleton Landscaping Company~ Rhee Plastic Surgery~
Rise Fitness~ Share, Inc~ Wegman's Food Markets~ West Ridgewood Dental~Wostbrock Home~
West Side Nursery School
Campgaw Mountain~ Printology~ Artisan Builders~ State Farm/John Dominiani~
Clemente Orthodontics~ Huntington Learning Centers/Ridgewood~
Janis Furhman/Terrie O'Connor Realtors~ Paredes/Grube Architects~ Pomptonian~ Z+ Architects~
Spring Lake Day Camp~ Eileen Phelps~ Ridgewood Alumni Association~ Veenstra & Sons
OCTOBER 1-3, 2019
On the evenings of Oct 1, 2 and 3 members of the trustees, student and other community volunteers called district families asking for your support. Thanks to the many families who contributed, we raised more than $27,000!
It's not too late to participate! The more money we raise, the more we are able to grant back to the district to fund important initiatives that impact all Ridgewood students.
Mail a check to: The Ridgewood Education Foundation, 49 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 or use the DONATE button on this site to make an on-line donation.
THANK YOU again, on behalf of all the students, teachers and administrators who depend on your generosity.