Press release from Red Bank Borough Education Foundation
All in the interest of science, the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation presented the Red Bank Board of Education with its second Rosemarie Kopka Memorial Mini-Grant for $2,000, to be used for a Science Day scheduled for June 11 and 12 at Red Bank Primary School.
Borough Councilman Ed Zipprich, who is also RBBEF Vice President, presented the check to Red Bank Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jared Rumage during International Day on Friday, May 29. Also present for the award presentation were RBBEF President Susan Berke, Secretary Barbara Boas, Treasurer Kathie Panepinto, and Councilwoman Kathy Horgan, who was the founding RBBEF President.
Primary School Principal Luigi Laugelli applied for the funds for the second consecutive year with the goal of staging a day full of science projects, experiments, lessons at each grade level in the school. The Rosemarie Kopka Memorial Mini Grant is awarded to teachers or administrators for small science, math, or art projects which could not be funded from available sources. It is named in memory of long-time Red Bank School Board member who was instrumental in setting up RBBEF to accomplish her vision of transforming the Primary School property into an outdoor science learning center. Mrs. Kopka passed away earlier this year after a long illness.
The memorial mini-grant represents RBBEF’s continuing mission to promote the STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) in the Red Bank Public Schools. Visit the Foundation’s website to find more about this 501(C) (3) non-profit organization.