Fall 2017: NAMM SupportMusic Merit Awards for Avon School Band Program

The Avon-by-the_Sea Education Foundation recently completed a project to provide the Avon Elementary School (AES) music room with new equipment. Music room chairs serve a dual purpose. They are designed to give the young musicians the proper posture when playing instruments but they also have a moveable desktop for a writing surface.

This effort was completed in partnership with the Avon Home and School Association. Several funding sources, including the Foundation Annual Fund, a gift from Home and School, and student efforts in a car wash, bake sale, and Chipotle dinner night helped raise the funds to purchase the chairs. The Avon School music room functions as a regular classroom as well as a practice space for music, so flexible seating is required.

The Avon School Music program is a recent recipient of the NAMM SupportMusic Merit Awards for Best School Music communities. With continued support from the Foundation, music lives in for the elementary and middle school students at Avon School.

2017 Avon-by-the-Sea Education Foundation High School Senior Scholarship

Congratulations to Elizabeth 'Ellie' Farrington, of Avon-by-the-Sea, winner of the 2017 Avon-by-the-Sea Education Foundation High School Senior Scholarship. Ellie is a dance major at Red Bank Regional High School's Visual and Performing Arts Academy. The daughter of Maureen and Paul Farrington, Ellie plans to matriculate to the University of Connecticut to study Physiology and Neurology.

In addition to information about their high school performance and community service involvement, scholarship applicants were asked to explain how the experience of growing up in Avon influenced their goals and plans. In Ellie's essay, she explained how her teachers at Avon Elementary school stressed the "importance of honesty, individuality and respect." The AEF scholarship recognized Ellie' exemplary community service, academic talent, and extracurricular participation. Among a pool of highly qualified candidates, Ellie's application best reflected the mission of the Avon-by-the-Sea Education Foundation.

On Wednesday, June 7, Foundation members Tess Nielsen (president), Peggy Oldakowsky (secretary), and Susan Annitto (board member), met with Ellie Farrington and her family at the Avon Library to award the $1,000 prize.

Avon-by-the-Sea Education Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization organized exclusively for charitable purposes. The purposes of the corporation are to:

  • Promote the advancement of community and public education for those who reside in the borough of Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey.

  • Secure and distribute grants and contributions from individuals, estates, government, corporations, foundations, and any other source for the educational benefit of the residents of the borough of Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey.

Your support will help bridge the gap between the educational needs of our community and currently available resources.