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South Orange Maplewood Education Foundation
525 Academy St, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Founded in 1987, the South Orange Maplewood Education Foundation (SOMEF) is a 501(c)(3) organization that raisesMore money mostly through private donations to fund programs and activities in local schools that aren't covered by the school budget. Deborah Prinz is the executive director. She has an office in the Board of Education building.

Its biggest ongoing project is to fund teacher grants for classroom projects in schools throughout the district. Past projects include a campaign to end anti-GLBT bullying and harassment at Columbia High School and yoga at Maplewood Middle School. $170,000 has been given out since 1999. Teachers apply in the fall.

SOMEF also runs the ACHIEVE tutoring program, staffed by 200 volunteers who tutor more than 300 K-12 students in the district. The mailing address is P.O. Box 84, Maplewood, NJ 07040. The contact e-mail is info@somef.org.