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Congratulations to Our  Grant Recipients For 2019

The Township of Union Education Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of grants for the school year 2019-2020. Nine grants have been awarded to teachers in grades ranging from Kindergarten to High School.  Congratulations to the following teachers:

Elena Patricco, Kindergarten teacher at Livingston Elementary School.  Her grant is entitled “Teaching with Technology.” She requested iPads which will have the app Endless Reader installed.  They will be used in the classroom’s literacy center. These materials are especially useful for children with disabilities.  This grant has been funded with donated funds earmarked especially for children with special needs.

Greg Pardo, grade 4 teacher at Connecticut Farms Elementary School, for a grant entitled “Bottle Boats: Repurposing through Engineering.”  Students will repurpose water bottles and construct a plastic water bottle boat, using principles of engineering design. They will recycle bottles throughout the school year.

Chris Carew, Gifted and Talented Teacher, Connecticut Farms School, will receive a littleBits STEAM Invention set which will be an additional tool to integrate STEM projects already planned for grades 2-4.  Students will learn how circuits work and use their creativity to design simple and complex circuits, simple machines, robots, and develop electronic solutions to solve everyday problems.

Mary Ellen Patricco and Brooke Gilligan, fourth grade teachers at Connecticut Farms School, for  a grant for books, computers and Legos to implement a hands-on program for math entitled Brick Math, which will help students understand the “why” behind the math.

Jennifer Parkhurst, school counselor for grades K-4 at Connecticut Farms School, will receive materials to develop school-wide “mindfulness” practices.  The materials will be used for staff to teach and practice mindfulness throughout the entire school. Everyone in the school will do this. This will dovetail with professional development training provided by the district for the entire staff in September 2019.

Cathy Jakositz, Grade 6 Math Teacher / children with special needs, at Kawameeh Middle School, has requested an aeroponic growing system for use by not just her students, but also the entire school. She will do math projects with her students as well as invite all students to participate in a lunchtime or after-school program to help maintain the garden, prune, water, pick vegetables and harvest.  This grant has been partially funded with donated funds earmarked especially for children with special needs.

Lisa Genovese, seventh grade world history teacher at Kawameeh Middle School, proposed a grant for bringing world history to life by turning an atlas into an online tool that will be a passport to geography around the ancient world.  This will complement the district’s Chromebook initiative through use of eBooks. This grant is partially funded by proceeds donated to the Education Foundation from the annual Burnet/Kawameeh softball “rumble.”

Joseph Costello and Allison Sheahen, eighth grade social studies teachers at Burnet Middle School, will receive a digital color printer and project display boards to be used to create museum exhibits that will expand the Black History Museum, which showcases African American History and adheres to the statewide Amistad Curriculum.  Students will be better able to display their projects and print handouts to be distributed to their fellow students and visitors to the museum. This grant is partially funded by proceeds donated to the Education Foundation from the annual Burnet/Kawameeh softball “rumble.”

Alexander Pedicini, Union High School, requested funds to expand the VEX robotics system at the high school so that our students who compete in robotics competitions will not be held back by old equipment.  This will enable them to stay ahead of the curve in technology.

These teachers will be honored at our annual spring reception, which this year will be held on May 8, 2019 from 5-8 pm at the Knights of Columbus, Jeanette Ave., Union, NJ.  Tickets for the reception are $35.00 and may be ordered by sending a check made out to TUEF to Susan Lipstein, 2569 Jackson Ave., Union, NJ 07083. For further information, please call 908-851-9869 or go to our web site at
The Township of Union Education Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization composed solely of volunteers whose mission is to raise funds for innovative and creative educational programs for the students in our public schools.