The Berkeley Heights Education Foundation (BHEF) recently announced that Susan Poage, council for Berkeley Heights Township Council, was among the winners of this year’s The Marsha Miller award.
The award, which is given to a team of teachers at MaryKay McMillin Early Childhood Center in Berkeley Heights, is given each year to the grant that exemplified outstanding innovation. This year the BHEF chose the Imagination Playground for this honor. This grant was the largest grant BHEF has ever awarded. Susan conceived and wrote the grant and then encouraged a kindergarten teacher, a special education teacher, the physical education teacher and her principal, Anne Corley, to create the team to file the application.
“I was so honored to receive the Marsha Miller Award for Innovative Grants from the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation,” said Susan. “The grant for the Imagination Playground was a long shot because it was must more costly than the BHEF usually awards, but you have to be in it to win it! These are the same materials one would find at Liberty Science Center. It is amazing to watch the children interact with these materials in our very own gym.
This is the second time Susan has won the Marsha Miller Award from the BHEF. Her grant of the MaryKay McMillin Post Office program was also a winner a few years ago.