The Hopewell Valley Education Foundation (HVEF) announced that it has launched its “Power of 100” annual fund campaign to support school projects and priorities throughout the Hopewell Valley Regional School District.  The campaign, now in its fifth year, aims to raise $25,000 to provide two new 3-D printers for the district’s media centers and grants to allow all school media specialists to be fully educated and equipped to lead in the classroom.

“This year, our ‘Power of 100’ annual fund gifts will directly support our school district’s initiative to increase the quality of student-centered instruction,” said Kevin Kuchinski, HVEF president. “The result will be an environment of active learning, cooperation, and problem-solving that effectively equips our students to face the demands of a quickly changing world,”

The original “Power of 100” fundraising campaign challenged 100 residents to support the district’s excellent public schools with a minimum pledge of $100.  Now, as the campaign has grown, many more have joined the Power of 100, often contributing more than the base level.

Over the past 18 years, the Education Foundation has raised more than $500,000 for the school district’s programs, activities, and teacher grants aimed at enriching the educational experience of Hopewell Valley students. Foundation funding has supported the iPad pilot project in all six Hopewell Valley schools, development of the new Project-Lead-the-Way pre-engineering curriculum at Timberlane Middle School, the successful authors-in-residence programs, four college scholarships for Hopewell Valley graduates, and numerous other initiatives.

The 2015-16 “Power of 100” campaign kicked off at the December meeting of the Education Foundation’s Board of Directors. Each of the 16 members of the volunteer board has contributed kickoff pledges to the campaign, giving it an enthusiastic and strong start.

“Our Board is 100 percent behind this year’s campaign. The board members know the significance of their gifts and the impact they’ll have on faculty and students,” said Paul Bell, chair of this year’s “Power of 100” campaign. “Now we are asking Hopewell Valley residents to lend their support to the campaign to enable our schools to provide the very best to all students throughout the district.

The Hopewell Valley Education Foundation supports programs, activities, curriculum innovations, and educational opportunities in the Hopewell Valley public schools. It directs the charitable contributions received from parents of current and former students, administrators, teachers, staff, and other interested residents to directly benefit innovative school district programs that require external funding.

The Hopewell Valley Education Foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit tax-exempt organization whose mission is to enhance the educational experience of students in the Hopewell Valley public schools through the development of community partnerships and resources.  The Foundation works collaboratively with the Hopewell Valley Regional School District to identify and help fund exciting initiatives, grants, and programs that benefit all the students in our schools.

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Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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