The Moorestown Education Foundation (MEF) has raised more than a half million dollars for the district since its founding nearly 20 years ago, and is set to add to that total with its 18th annual golf outing at Laurel Creek Country Club next month.
MEF president Debtosh Chakrabarti said the foundation exists to supplement the education the district is already providing through after-school enrichment programs and funds for equipment, among other things. The money raised by the MEF—much of which comes from the golf outing, which raises between $35,000-$45,000 each year—has been used to pay for iPad carts and scholarships for graduating seniors.
“It’s an opportunity for the community to come together and enhance the education of our children,” said Chakrabarti.
Board of education President Don Mishler said the assistance the foundation gives the district is of great value, providing a non-profit conduit to fund educational programs.
"We have our limits. We have limits on funding, and this is our opportunity to do what can't be done on the taxpayer dollar," he said.
One of the MEF’s most significant contributions was the creation of the Academy of Excellence, an after-school program for students in grades 1-6, which launched last year.
Chakrabarti said the initiative had “excellent participation,” particularly since it was new. There were 302 students in the program last year.
“What we’re trying to do now is scale this program so it hits more people,” he said.
The Academy of Excellence runs from Oct. 18 to Nov. 4 this year. Parents can register their children via the district website (click on the link under “District News & Announcements”).You can also sign up for the golf outing on the district website. The outing will be held Monday, Oct. 7, at Laurel Creek.