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RPSEF Wins Grant for Roosevelt Public School
April 2014, The Roosevelt Borough Bulletin

On March 7, the newly established Roosevelt Public School Education Foundation (RPSEF) was informed by the New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership (NJEFP) that they were a winner of the Toby Tyler Grant for fine arts education.  The RPSEF will receive $4,988.45 to enhance the Studio Art Program for the students in Grades 1-6 at Roosevelt Public School, through the purchase of a kiln and ceramic and pottery supplies so that students can make and fire hand-built pottery. For the first time in its 7-year history, NJEFP awarded grants totaling $18,000 to six local education foundations.  The money was raised at last year’s Toby Tyler Golf Invitational to fund fine and performing arts programs in New Jersey’s public schools.  Seventeen education foundations applied for grants, requesting over $80,000 in funding. RPSEF is one of the six announced winners of the Toby Tyler Grant.  The five other fine arts grant recipients are Allamuchy Township Education Foundation, Branchburg Education Foundation, Freehold Borough Education Foundation, the Foundation for Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools, and the Trenton Public Education Foundation. The grant that RPSEF won will benefit the Studio Art Program.  As a result, students will be actively involved in experiencing clay-modeling techniques and using those techniques to create sculpture, ceramic pieces, and pottery. Visits with local artists are planned in conjunction with the local non-profit arts organization, Roosevelt Arts Project (RAP).  During school hours, the kiln will be available to the regular classroom art teacher, who can then elect to incorporate its use in New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standard based lessons for the entire school population.  Roosevelt Public School Education Foundation responded to a request by Studio Art Teacher Ewa Koziar and CSA/Principal Mary Livingston Cohen, based on student interest and need, by applying for the Toby Tyler Grant. The Foundation is committed to providing funding for programs and purchases for Roosevelt Public School that cannot be funded through the school budget.  In NJEFP’s announcement of RPSEF’s winning, the Foundation was notified that the grant was “creative,” “involved many community members” and was of “lasting” value.  The RPSEF Board would like to thank the following community members, RPS staff and friends who assisted in the preparation of the grant by providing thoughtful comments and suggestions, letters of support, photography and technical assistance:  Jan Bozowski, Mary Livingston Cohen, Donna Gazzani, David Herrstrom (President, Roosevelt Arts Project), Ben Johnson, Ewa Koziar, Ilene Levine, Sheila Linz, Kevin McNally, Amy Medford, Meredith Murray, Leonid Siveriver, Claire St. Romain, Rod Tulloss, and Natalie Warner (President, RPS Board of Education).