The TR:TechReady program funded by the ONR has drastically increased interest and capacity in coding, robotics, and computer programming.


District administrators and staff have won over $3 million in grants over the past five years to support initiatives aligned with district goals, many of which have allowed the district to kickstart innovative programs the budget would otherwise not be able to support. It has also partnered us with many outstanding organizations who have stuck with us beyond the grant periods. These have included:

  • EPA- the district has been awarded several grants from the Environmental Protection Agency to replace old buses with newer, energy-efficient models.
  • Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce- as individual businesses and as an organization, GTRCC has supported several grants and activities encouraging student involvement in the community.
  • Grunin Foundation- the foundation's Principals Innovation Challenge awarded $182,000 to all 19 school locations in 2016; its YA Arts Lab at Silver Bay Elementary is a five-year grant worth $60,000; and the Grunin Fitness Challenge netted $16,000 for district health initiatives. The Toms River-based foundation has been a tremendous and consistent supporter of our schools for many years.
  • Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation- President Edele Hovnanian has awarded grants in support of career-oriented spaces in four schools and a new mental health counseling program in all 18 schools for 2019-2020.
  • NEA- in 2017 the district became one the first school district to win a grant to host NEA Big Read, the prestigious literacy campaign designed by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2018, it won another, and then again in 2019. The NEA also funds summer professional development for our teachers.
  • NJDOE- the NJ Department of Education has awarded the district several major grants, allowing it to successfully pilot model programs in arts integration, summer enrichment, and coding.
  • NJMEP- the NJ Manufacturers Extension Program is also the site host of the Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network, supporting the district's STEAM and career grants and initiatives
  • OceanFirst Foundation- the district has won more model classroom grants than any other, and thanks to OceanFirst, we have created innovative spaces at 9 of our schools.
  • SAP- the tech giant awarded the district a grant in support of the #WeAreTRCoders program, particularly supporting girls in tech career choices.
  • Steelcase Education- its annual Active Learning Center grant and classroom renovation is awarded to only 15 educational institutions annually, and in 2017 Toms River Regional Schools was a proud winner.
  • Sustainable Jersey- the organization provided grant funding for a renovation of Poseidon lab downtown to support the STEAM Academy School of Environmental Sustainability; a Mobile Breakfast Academy Program; sustainable project grants to High School South and Intermediate East; and an outdoor classroom at High School North.
  • The Office of Naval Research- in spring 2018, Toms River Regional Schools was awarded the largest competitive grant in district history—a three-year coding project worth more than $763,000 funded by the ONR. TR:TechReady introduces teachers and students to industry-critical coding languages, most never seen in our schools, and their real world applications.
  • New Jersey Department of Health- with support from NJDOH and regional partner EmPoWER Somerset, the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community (WSCC) grant-- a four-year project focused on physical and social-emotional health- was implemented at Intermediate South.
  • Lowe's- High School East earned a $5k Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant to construct a Student Flex Lounge in its media center.


Financial support through appropriate and motivated sponsors in the region has grown in the past three years, from naming rights to competitive team sponsorships, banners at our sports fields and arena, and room makeovers.

  • Office Depot- sponsored a $65,000 makerspace maker-over of a woodshop at Intermediate East, now called the Innovation Station.
  • The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation- has sponsored Toms River Regional Schools on a number of initiatives including the Principals Innovation Challenge, the hiring of a district grant writer, and Jersey Shore Makerfest.
  • RWJBarnabas Health- sponsors the district's 3,200-seat arena on the campus of High School North, and is a partner in a number of health and wellness initiatives.
  • The Count Basie Center for the Arts is the presenting partner for RWJBarnabas Health Arena, helping to maximize the arena's potential as a district and community asset.
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  • Pine Belt Auto Group- has sponsored marquee events like Jersey Shore Makerfest and the Driven to Excellence program.
  • Multipath Communications Group- sponsored the district's 2016 Professional Day.
  • Jersey Mike's Subs of Toms River- their Month of Giving fundraiser was dedicated to High School North in March 2016, raising more than $10k for the school.
  • Honda of Toms River- sponsors the district's annual booklet, Our Story.


Career Focused

Edele Hovnanian of the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation has sponsored the district's Career Academies with funding for an Anatomy and Physiology Lab at High School East; a Business and Real Estate Incubator at High School South; robotics programs at Intermediate North and South; and a district-wide Youth Counseling Program.


Working Together

An alliance with RWJBarnabas Health has given the arena on the campus of Toms River High School North a new name-- RWJBarnabas Health Arena-- and will foster collaboration and student-centered opportunities for health and wellness education.

Staunch supporters

Toms River-based Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation has sponsored Toms River Regional Schools on a number of initiatives including the Principals Innovation Challenge and the hiring of a district grant writer.


Beyond financial contributions to the district, partnerships maximize knowledge, skills, and resources by having community organizations become part of our programs, grant applications, and activities. Over the past three years we have greatly increased our work with such outstanding organizations as:

  • Barnegat Bay Partnership
  • Beachwood Police Department
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Ocean County
  • Boy Scouts of America- Jersey Shore Council
  • Friends of Ortley Beach
  • Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore
  • Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce
  • Hope Sheds Light
  • House of Representatives; Congressman Tom MacArthur
  • Mayor Tom Kelaher
  • New Jersey State Legislature; Senator James Holzapfel
  • Ocean County College
  • Ocean County Health Department
  • Ocean County Library
  • Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group
  • Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Ocean County Sheriff’s Office and OEM
  • Pine Beach Police Department
  • Preferred Behavioral Health
  • RJW Barnabas Health
  • Rutgers University
  • Sandra Levine Productions
  • South Toms River Police Department
  • Stockton University
  • The Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation
  • Toms River Fire Company No. 1
  • Toms River Police Department
  • Toms River Township Green Team/TRUST
  • Tuckerton Seaport
  • U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at Lakehurst
  • Yashi Adtech
  • YMCA