The Toms River Regional School District announced today the results of Elevate Toms River Principals’ Innovation Challenge.  The announcement comes after each principal in the Toms River Regional District was given a chance to apply for a grant of up to $10,000 for projects designed to 'advance innovation in education'.  In the end, every school that submitted a proposal - 19 in total - has been granted their full funding request for a whopping total of $182,654.

As part of the contest, area principals were given the freedom to come up with their own projects and budgets within the $10,000 limit.  The proposals displayed innovative approaches to enhance the curriculum, advance their schools, and promote collaboration within the community - all which pay homage to the 'Elevate Toms River' philosophy.

The selection committee consisted of Tiffany Lucey, Supervisor of Educational Technology, Cara DiMeo, Director of Elementary Curriculum, Norma DeNoia, Director of Secondary Curriculum, and Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation staff.  Jeremy Grunin, Executive Director of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation and host of 'Wake Up with Jeremy Grunin' on News Talk Radio WOBM-AM 1160 & 1310 stated, “We are so impressed by the ideas and thoughtfulness that came out of this proposal process.  There is so much talent in our school district and we can’t wait to see it come to life through these diverse projects.”

David Healy, Superintendent of the Toms River Regional District said, “We are very grateful to the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation for providing us with this opportunity that will support our principals in taking their ideas to the next level.  This very generous grant award will no doubt broaden the level of instruction, spark innovation, and expand the scope of student learning. Our teachers, students, parents and school community will all benefit from these innovative projects and are anxious to get started.”