Slaybaugh Elementary School Receives $10,000 Grant from The Hamels Foundation

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. – The E.H. Slaybaugh Elementary School Complex was presented with a $10,000 Partners in Education grant award by Heidi Hamels from The Hamels Foundation on Tuesday, May 28th.

Submitted by Slaybaugh Media Specialist Peicha Sullivan, the grant will be used to create an outdoor classroom site. The wall-less classroom will feature seating and work table spaces for students, a portable whiteboard, natural wood plank flooring, a brick walkway that will lead from the library to the outdoor learning lab, and flower and vegetable garden planters.

Sullivan’s idea for the outdoor classroom came from research about the positive benefits of outdoor learning including better grades, decreased stress levels, increased student motivation, improved behavior and memory of lessons learned, and engagement opportunities through hands-on environmental education initiatives.

The Hamels Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was co-founded in 2009 by former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher and 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi. With a dual purpose mission of providing support for quality education in the United States, as well as to establish a school in Malawi, Africa.

The Hamels Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the power of education by giving them the tools they need to achieve their goals. E.H. Slaybaugh Elementary School Complex was also recently named the 2018 Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl New Jersey State Champion, the national recycling competition for K-12 students, teachers and school communities.

For more information please contact Principal Kevin Fricke at 609-927-8222 x1200 or via email to

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