Barry and Star Tobias prepare to cut the ribbon and officially open the five new computer-based assessment labs in our elementary schools.
The Foundation for MERS received a grant of $146,000 from The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation in New York to help fund new labs and purchase technology and equipment for the Early Learning Center, Pine Brook and MEMS. This grant enabled the district to purchase 130 Apple iMac computers to be used for ongoing computer-based assessment which will allow for instructional adjustment and support to students throughout the school year. Other technology and items purchased through this grant include SMART Boards, a SMART Table, document cameras, music chairs and stands and wireless microphones.
Pat Berger, president of The Foundation for MERS, says, "Our foundation is eternally grateful to The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and its chief administrative and financial officer and Manalapan resident, Barry Tobias who spearheaded this effort, for this tremendous grant and their commitment to enhancing the education of the students in our district. Obtaining this grant was a true collaboration among our foundation, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, the school district and administrators and the Board of Education."
Barry and Star Tobias have two daughters who attended district schools. In recognition of this generous grant the computer labs in Lafayette Mills and Taylor Mills are named in honor of Michelle and Jennifer Tobias. The other labs cited the Foundation, Barry and Star Tobias, and the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.