Raising money for the kids
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Her children attended Willow Road School and North High School. “I thought it was time for me to give back,” she said of why she got involved with the foundation six years ago. Pomerantz, a 30-year veteran of the teaching staff, is a board member for the Educational Foundation.
Since 1996, the group has given more than $50,000 worth of donations to the district. Items include SmartBoards, laptop computers, vests for the marching band and glass etchings for each school library. Additionally, it provides annual scholarships to graduating sixth graders and buys schools supplies for needy students.
“We’re looking to be able to contribute larger items,” said Catalanotti about why the golf outing is planned for the end of the school year.
Board of Education Trustee Frank Chiachiere, who attends numerous charitable golf outings every year, brought the idea to the foundation board. He said it is a way to bring people together for one big event and recognize the work of the organization.
The golf outing will be held at Lido Beach and include 18 holes of golf, lunch, dinner and raffles. “It’s quite an event,” he said. “It’s a labor of love to put this thing together.”
This year, the foundation will also host two family fun nights. One will be a Bingo night, and the other will feature a magician. In addition to the various events, the group raises money through grants. It will soon receive $30,000 secured from Sen. Dean Skelos for laptops and computer accessories.
A grant from CVS helped purchased school supplies and another donation from TeacherList.com paid for tissues and paper goods for the classrooms.
The Educational Foundation meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the James A. Dever School library.