Dear Midland Park Community Members,

I take great pleasure in leading the Midland Park Public Education Foundation as President this year alongside the incredibly talented and selfless MPPEF Executive Committee and Trustees.

Our Foundation is an all volunteer organization, that consists of Midland Park residents who are committed to giving the children in our tiny town all of the opportunities that the surrounding, larger communities have access to.  

How do we raise money to raise the bar on education in Midland Park?  We create fun events like the Midland Park 5K on Saturday, September 14, 2019 and our upcoming spring event, ‘Denim & Diamonds Bash featuring The Black Diamond Band’, where we raise money for grants and scholarships for the Midland Park Public School District.  We have so much fun with our friends and neighbors, it (almost) doesn’t feel like work! If you ask any of our trustees, they will tell you that when they see the impact the technology, educational programs and learning experiences the Foundation has provided Midland Park students, it makes every second of work and every dollar spent absolutely worth it!

My parents always said that education was the best investment of time and money you could make.  They worked hard to make sure I had the opportunities they never did. I want to do the same for my children and all of the children in our community because no one wins unless we all win.  Won’t you join me?  

Strong schools are the foundation of a strong community and a desirable town.  We look forward to seeing you at the Midland Park Public Education Foundation’s 6th Annual 5K Race for Education on Saturday, 9/14!

With gratitude,

Joan Petrocelli Doumas


Midland Park Public Education Foundation 


1-Mile Kids Fun Run 

Get ready Midland Park friends and family for the 6th annual 5k Run for Education and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run!  This event is presented by the MPPEF each September.  Hundreds of participants come together for a fun filled morning of running, entertainment and refreshments.  Participation from students and teachers from all of our schools is encouraged and special awards are given to top student finishers. Cash prizes are also awarded to top finishers. The 5K Race is a United States Track and Field Association (USATF) sanctioned event on a certified course.  This year we are adding some more fun for the kids with a CRAZY SOCKS theme for the Fun Run.  More information about the event and photos (courtesy of Rich Formicola) can be found on our website: 

Family Sponsorship of the 2019 5K 

Residents of Midland Park-what better way to invest in our public school children than to  be a Family Sponsor of the 2019 5K! In addition you get free entries to the race included! A definite win/win! 

Download the Family Sponsor sign-up form here.

Be like the Horton Family; a repeat Family sponsor and advocate for the MPPEF! 

2019 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2019 MPPEF scholarship recipients, Helena Van Vliet and Joseph Furlong! We wish them all the best in their future endeavors!

The Midland Park Public Education Foundation, “MPPEF”, is a charitable non-profit organization run by an all volunteer Board of Trustees.  The mission of the MPPEF is to raise funds to raise the bar of excellence in the Midland Park Public School System through educational grants and scholarships.

In the spring of 2020, the scholarship application will be posted on the MPPEF website. Applicants must be accepted to and planning to attend an institution of higher learning or technical school in the fall of 2020.

 2018-2019 Grants Awarded


On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, the MPPEF Grants Committee was pleased to award the following curriculum grants. Funding for these grants is obtained through the many fundraising activities of the MPPEF.



Mystery Science Program – submitted by Mrs. Stefanie Greenberg on behalf of Godwin School

This innovative program for grades K-2 provides fun and interactive lessons focused on scientific ‘mysteries’ that children need to solve through hands-on experimentation. Each lesson begins with a question, such as “How are canyons formed?”. Students then carry out experiments to discover the answers to the questions. The program encourages discussion and a formal assessment of student learning after each lesson.


Tower Gardens – submitted by Mrs. Carole Steel

Serving grades K-6, this project provides students with hands-on experience growing food plants using an aeroponic growing method and LED grow lights. The method utilizes less land and water compared to traditional soil-based growing methods. The project aligns with New Generation Science Standards. Activities will be adapted for the different grade levels, and all students will have a chance to sample the plants they grow and harvest.


Liberty Science Center STEM Education Program – submitted by Mrs. Allison Kilgallen and Ms. Jenna Abballe

Serving grades 4-5, this unique program is presented in partnership with Liberty Science Center’s STEM Educators, who will work with the teaching staff to engage students in monthly thematic sessions focused on Life, Earth, Space, Environmental and Physical Sciences. Students will participate in a series of hands-on laboratory workshops that encourage working collaboratively in teams.

BookWidgets – submitted by Mrs. Jennifer Stalb and Mrs. Yaris Chase

This program extends Google Classroom activities to engage students in content practice in English Language Arts. The program has over 40 different tools that allows teachers to create customized interactive activities, such as crossword puzzles, matching games, timelines, webquests and more. The program will be used in all 5th grade classes.


Distracted Driver Simulator Program – submitted by Mrs. Lisa McNerney and Mr. Jeff Hackett

This program gives students the opportunity to experience the dangers of texting and operating electronic devices while driving. All students in grades 10-12 will participate and be able to experience the driving simulator firsthand. The program includes films of families impacted by distracted driving, a presentation and the requirement that all students complete the “Remember Alex Brown Foundation” pledge at the end of the program. The pledge is in memory of a 17-year old who died in a crash on her way to school due to texting while driving.

Liberty Science Center Live Surgery and Planetarium Field trip – submitted by Mrs. Nancy DeRitter and Mrs. Lisa McNerney

This amazing experience allows students to watch a live heart surgery via videoconference and ask questions of the operating room staff, including the surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurses, and other OR personnel, about their jobs and the surgical procedures and equipment being implemented.  The day will end with the ‘Life Cycles of the Stars’ program presented in the Science Center’s new, state-of-the-art planetarium.

Trout in the Classroom – submitted by Mr. Drew Strohmeyer

This grant is a continuation of funding for a new program that involves hatching and raising live trout in the school, then releasing the fish into a local stream. The program is presented in partnership with Trout Unlimited and the NJ Division of Fish and Game. The MPPEF provided initial funding needed to purchase the tank last year, and this year’s funding will be used to purchase the rest of the necessary equipment. Students will not only learn about the life cycle and required care of the fish, but also about their ecosystem and the importance of clean cold water.



The Midland Park Public Education Foundation (MPPEF) works with teachers and administrators to fund educational grants. These grants, which are awarded once a year, enable teachers to expand the academic experience of our children beyond the school budget and mandated curriculum.

Selecting grant proposals for funding is achieved through a documented review and voting process. A committee comprised of current MPPEF trustees and non-trustee members from the community carefully evaluates and scores each application against a set of criteria to determine which grants will be funded that school year.

The committee considers the following criteria:

  • Does the proposal enhance and expand the public school curriculum?
  • Does the proposal actively involve and stimulate students?
  • Is the proposal an innovative or progressive educational technique or program?
  • Does the proposal align with the MPPEF mission?

The committee then presents their funding recommendations for approval from the MPPEF Board of Trustees, school administrators, and the Midland Park Board of Education.

The committee receives a significant number of truly exceptional and creative proposals, but ultimately, the MPPEF is only able to fund a certain number, based on that year’s available funds. The MPPEF’s many fundraising activities, as well as the support of the community, are vital to the success of this program.


Shop Amazon.Com and Raise Funds for our Schools

With, convenience and fundraising come hand-in-hand.  This back to school season, and throughout the year, every purchase made through the Midland Park Public Education Foundation Web site at helps raise money for the students attending Midland Park public school system.  Remember there are more than books at  You can buy items from toys, movies, music and games to clothing, shoes and jewelry and more.

Simply go to the foundation’s Web site, and click on link from the home page.  You’ll be directly connected to the Amazon site where you can shop as you normally do.  In order for the foundation to benefit all shopping orders must be completed through the Web site.

Please join us at our SPRING FUNDRAISER...
Denim and Diamonds

More info to come!
Meet the new Executive Committee

From left to right:
Joan Petrocelli Doumas, President
Shannon Shortway, 2nd Vice President
Barbara Tarleton, Treasurer
Lisa Graham, Secretary
Carrie Thompson, 1st Vice President
New Trustees

We are so excited to welcome our new trustees to the The Midland Park Public Education Foundation! Thank you for volunteering! We can’t wait to work with you!!!
 — with John D BeattieMelinda Rafizadeh AmeriAshley Hern TuritzCharlie ParryFrancine Del VecchioDanielle Lodewyck FalcigliaAlexandra Zubok and Gary J. Laurita.
Questions? Want to Volunteer?
Contact one of our dedicated BOT members:

Delmarie Alvarez
John Beattie

Amanda Detrick
Francine DelVecchio

Joan Doumas
Danielle Falciglia
Jane Gerald

Wendy Goodell

Lisa Graham

Chrisana Grande
Stephen Kopshaw
Gary Laurita

Erin Ortandl
Charlie Parry

Melinda Ameri
Kim Rupp

Shannon Shortway

Barbara Tarleton

Carrie Thompson
Ashley Turitz



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