Some commonly asked questions are answered below. We hope this helps!
What is the TEF?
Founded in 1996, the Tewksbury Education Foundation is a non-profit community organization established exclusively to provide charitable and educational funding in Tewksbury Township. Funds are used to directly support our schools, teachers and students in a continuing effort to achieve educational excellence in Tewksbury. The Foundation operates under the direction of a board of community volunteers.
Why does Tewksbury need an education foundation?
In the past, tax dollars and state funding covered the basic school programs. However, that is not the case today. The TEF seeks to fill in financial voids in our schools’ operating budgets when necessary and aims to fund supplementary innovative educational opportunities with private donations. The Foundation wishes to actively partner with businesses, schools, parents, alumni, teachers and the community to enhance the educational experience in Tewksbury.
How does the TEF differ from the PTA?
The TEF raises funds through generous private donations, grants and special events to directly support students, teachers and the administration in their quest for educational excellence. The TEF funds at least one curricular-based program per grade in each school. These programs take place during the school day and are selected based on feedback received from administration, teachers and parents. The TEF also supports teachers by funding mini-grants to provide programs/equipment that cannot be provided by the district budget.
The PTA supports teachers and parents through after school and community-based programs/events such as teacher appreciation week, the holiday shop, and trunk or treat.
How long has the Foundation been in existence?
The TEF incorporated in February 1996. The first Board of Directors consisted of the following dedicated individuals:
|Patricia Boungiorno* Geoffrey Close Joseph Falk Jean Frankel* Bonnie Freeman* Kenneth Gross (Superintendent)* Kevin Howard Martin Levion Shelby Mellick Robert More Russell North Edward O’Brien Margaret Pagano* Michael Rothpletz, Jr. Arthur Snyder III Judy Weisman
*donotes ex officio member
How does the Foundation operate?
The TEF operates under the direction of a board of community volunteers, and is not affiliated with the Tewksbury Board of Education or any related administration or association. The TEF board includes non-voting members from the Board of Education, school administration, teacher staff and the PTA.
How does the Foundation raise money?
The TEF holds two major fund raising activities per year. Our annual Barn Dance is held in the spring each year, and our annual donation campaign is held in the fall. The Foundation also seeks grants, gifts, and endowments from corporations, associations, private individuals and other foundations.
Will money gifted by the Foundation reduce the taxpayer’s obligation?
No. The mission of the TEF is to supplement the basic school program through programs which are funded by private donations. Therefore, the taxpayer’s obligation to fund basic school education is not reduced.
How much money has the Foundation raised so far?
The TEF has raised more than $1,000,000 since its inception in 1996.
Who decides how funds are allocated?
The Board meets with teachers, principals and the superintendent throughout the year to review the ever-changing needs within both the elementary and middle school. The Board discusses the proposed budget set for the school year and then votes on its final allocation. The Board is open to any and all input from the school community and that of the entire Tewksbury community as well.
How can I get involved?
You can help the TEF by getting involved as a donor or a fundraising volunteer. Make a donation, seek matching gifts from your employer, volunteer to serve on the board or on a committee, share your ideas, or attend TEF sponsored events.
Who should I contact for more information about the Foundation?
For more information, send an email to Allison Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 201-874-3205.