The Rumson Education Board (REF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995 whose mission is dedicated to enhancing the educational experience of all Deane-Porter and Forrestdale School students. Through community fundraising and an annual collaborative grant process, the REF provides funding for innovative projects, initiatives and equipment that enrich the curriculum and the learning environment within the Rumson School District.
Since its inception in 1995 the REF has funded $3.5M in grants. Established as a means to close the gap between what our district budget can cover, and the needs of our students, teachers, administrators, the REF is committed to fostering an environment of excellence in our schools
Every student in Deane Porter and Forrestdale directly benefits from the positive impact of the Rumson Education Foundation’s grants, which have included: a $498,000 Chromebook and tablet technology project, district-wide wireless upgrades to accept this new technology, a $250,000 state-of-the-art science lab, a $75,000 S.T.E.M. Innovation Classroom and maker-spaces, multi-media centers, a greenhouse, ELMO projectors, teacher laptops, world language programs, physical education equipment, art supplies and tools, musical instruments, an audio visual live broadcasting system, performing arts sound systems, life-saving defibrillators, and Smart Boards.
Please consider joining the REF team as an Associate or Board Member. It takes many volunteers to make our events successful and we appreciate any time you have to lend. From selling ads for the Ad Journal to helping decorate for a celebration or volunteering a shift in a house on the Kitchen Tour, there is something to match every skill set and talent. Apply for a Board Member position here. To join as an Associate or volunteer, please contact us.
We look forward to welcoming many more volunteers to the REF as we work together to make our schools the best they can be!
Co-Presidents: Lauren Salata & Ciara Dagostino
Treasurer: Toniann Buscarnera
Secretary: Sandy Lyons
Treasurer Elect: Katie Ward
The Deane-Porter School is named in honor of Miss Evelyn Porter and Miss Laura Deane. Here they are pictured (from left to right) Evelyn Porter, Frances Noonan and Laura Deane.
Photographed attending a teachers' convention in Atlantic City in 1939.
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