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Mountainside Education Foundation

Who is the Mountainside Education Foundation (MEF)?

The Mountainside Education Foundation is comprised of a group of local residents and several organizations. The MEF is an incorporated, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that funds grants that enhance the academic development of our students. As the MEF celebrates its tenth anniversary, it continues to operate as an independent entity led by a volunteer Board with the support of parents/guardians, the community, and district staff members.

Why is a Foundation needed?

Reductions in federal and state aid coupled with local budget cuts directly impact spending in our schools. Funds are needed to help our school district remain highly competitive by offering our children additional enrichment opportunities.

What type of projects will be funded?

The MEF seeks to fund projects that support the enrichment of the current curricula. Innovative academic or extracurricular programs involve the community and often engage outside experts who will enhance such projects both during class and in after-school clubs. 

Examples of MEF programs and grants awarded in the 2010-2011 school year include:

  • Amplification Systems
  • Beechwood School Gardens
  • Boardmakers
  • Creating Real Books
  • Digital Cameras
  • Jump Rope for Heart
  • NJPAC Poetry and Dance Programs
  • Rainbows
  • Raz Kids
  • Sculpting for Planets Necklaces
  • Starlab Planetarium

Who can apply for grants?

Any member of the Mountainside community with an idea whose purpose is to enrich the learning experience of our students can apply. This includes members of the administrative team, teachers, parents, students, and community members.

Grant Application Form and Packet

Grant Renewal Form


How are grants awarded?

The grant application can be downloaded . Grant applications are also available in the MEF mailboxes at Beechwood and Deerfield. Proposals are reviewed by the Chief School Administrator prior to being forwarded to the MEF Grant Review Committee and prior to being approved by the MEF Board of Trustees.

How can I help?

The MEF seeks your support through attendance at our fundraisers, participation in our teacher/support staff member appreciation program , or individual and/or corporate tax-deductible donations. The MEF qualifies for certain matching grants programs offered by many corporations. 

We rely on volunteer support in order to achieve our goals. To receive information about school year events or to volunteer, please contact one of our Board members or send a note to one of the MEF mailboxes.



Executive Board

Wendy Caccamo, Co-President

Amanda Galm, Co-President

Erin Kraven, Vice President

Tracy Brown, Secretary

Adrienne Matejek, Treasurer


Board of Trustees

Christina Bove

Karen Dillon

Sandy Dorsett

Carolyn Klimas

Kim Lisnock

Donna Marchese

Kerri Proper

Elisa Roland