Foundation begins ‘180 Day Club’

The Millstone Township Foundation for Educational Excellence has announced the kickoff of its “180 Day Club” and its officers for 2015-16.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization devoted to funding grants for items that nurture extraordinary educational experiences for every student in the Millstone Township K-8 School District and are beyond the scope of the general school budget, according to a press release.

The “180 Day Club” asks for contributions of $1 a day for each of the 180 days of school and “extraordinary” learning. Families who contribute will have their name displayed on an acorn.

The acorns will be hung on the foundation’s oak tree murals that are displayed in the lobbies of the primary, elementary and middle schools. To date, the foundation has raised more than $43,000 through the campaign which was launched six years ago, according to the press release.

The foundation has announced its officers for the 2015-16 school year, which include: Nicole Pyhel, president and information officer (returning positions); Beth Cotler, vice president (returning position); Coleen Raccuglia, treasurer (returning position); Kristin Schloss, corresponding secretary (returning position); Jennifer Pratt and Tori Sikkema, recording secretary (returning positions).

The foundation operates independently from the school district and replenishes its grant fund exclusively through private donations and its fundraising efforts, according to the press release. The foundation has awarded more than $515,500 in grants to Millstone Township schools since 2002.

For more information about the “180 Day Club,” email or visit the website