MTFEE Raises More Than $3,900 at Fourth Annual “Family Movie Day”

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Millstone Township Foundation for Educational Excellence (MTFEE) raised more than $3,900 from its Fourth Annual “Family Movie Day” held on November 16 at the Millstone Township Performing Arts Center (MPAC). Proceeds will help provide grant funding for innovative classroom programs, educational opportunities for students, staff development, and state-of-the-art teaching materials that are beyond the scope of the general school budget to enrich education for the district’s public school students.

The event opened with an hour and a half of children’s activities including minute-to-win-it games with prizes, face painting, crafts and temporary tattoos. The activities were followed by a screening of “The Lego Movie”—a movie that won a school township wide student vote.

The following served as sponsors:
• Event Sponsor – Saker ShopRites, Inc.
• Movie Sponsor – Cobra Power Systems Inc.
• Concession Sponsors – Ace Home Improvements; Admiral Water LLC/The Buffa Family; Caravaglio Self Defense & Fitness Training Center; The DeRose Family; The Dorfman Family; Dunkin Donuts & Baskin Robbins, Howell; Gunther Publications–The Millstone Times, The Family Times, Monmouth County’s Ask The Doctor Magazine; Wendy Litten, EA Tax and Accounting Services; South Brunswick Animal Hospital, Dr. Douglas Cotler DVM; The Stillwell Family; Strength and Sole Fitness, LLC/The Lombardi Family and Vesuvio’s Pizzeria & Family Restaurant
• General Sponsors – The Alves Family; The Cotler Family; The Griggs Family; Elizabeth B. Kuhns, MetLife; Michael L. Kuhns, Esquire; The Nazzaro Family; The Pratt Family; The Pyhel Family; The Raccuglia Family and The Saker Family

Additionally, Vesuvio’s Pizzeria & Family Restaurant donated 10 percent of each dining check that day and then matched that amount, for a total donation of $250.
The foundation also collected non-perisable food items and ShopRite gift cards that day for Millstone Township families in need.

MTFEE operates independently from the school district and replenishes its grant fund exclusively through private donations and its fundraising efforts. The foundation has awarded more than $486,670 in grants to Millstone Township schools since 2002. MTFEE grants, which have been awarded at every grade level and in every discipline, have included a book room, STEAM enrichment programs, SMARTBoards®, mobile computer and iPad™ labs, and a rock climbing wall.

There are currently more than 60 MTFEE-funded grant programs running. Every child that matriculates through the school district will in some way benefit from an MTFEE-funded grant. MTFEE is a member of New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership and The National Consortium of State and Local Education Foundations (NCEFS).