Rotary grant helps kids to attend preschool Madison Rotary presented a cheque of $1,000 to a nonprofit which pays the tuition fees of needy children attending preschools in the community.

From left: Anneke Demarest, Director of Development, Preschool Advantage, with Jeannie Tsukamoto, Assistant Governor, Madison Rotary.
From left: Anneke Demarest, Director of Preschool Advantage, with Jeannie Tsukamoto, Assistant Governor, Madison Rotary.

The Madison Rotary Club (New Jersey, US – D 7470) recently awarded a $1,000 grant to Preschool Advantage, a non-profit organisation that seeks to improve local communities by funding quality preschool for children of families in need.

At their July 12 breakfast meeting held at the Madison Area YMCA, the Madison Rotary Club presented a cheque to Preschool Advantage Director of Development Anneke Demarest.

“We are so grateful to Madison Rotary Club for their support,” said Demarest, “The grant directly helps our tuition fundraising goals that support families in need”.

Preschool Advantage’s vision is that all children should have access to high-quality early education.

Experience has shown that children who attend a quality preschool are better educated, interact better with others, are healthier, and have higher economic productivity as adults than those who don’t get that opportunity.

Preschool Advantage identifies, qualifies and connects deserving families with high quality preschools, while providing funds to enable children to attend these preschools.

Since its inception more than 20 years ago, almost 1,400 tuitions have been paid, and it is the organisation’s goal to fund 100 tuitions each year by the year 2020.

In the 2018-19 school year 85 children have been funded.

Preschool Advantage partners with 23 preschools in Morris and Somerset counties.

In Madison the three partner preschools are: Madison Montessori School, Rainbow Montessori School and The FM Kirby Children’s Center.

The Madison Rotary Club, a group of 85 community oriented volunteers who are part of a 1.2 million member worldwide service organisation, annually supports some 30 local education, arts, youth and humanitarian groups by awarding grants and sponsorships.

The club meets every Thursday, 7.30 am at Madison Area YMCA and noon at the Madison Hotel (Convent Station).

The Madison Rotary Club is open to guests attending a meeting to learn more about Rotary or visit for further information.


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