Spring 2023 Grants and Endowment Awards

Thanks to generous community support, the Foundation’s Board of Governors at its May 17 meeting approved over $40,000 in grant requests this spring funding cycle. The grants will support teacher and school community-initiated projects and programs. These projects include:

$18,000 to support the purchase of shade structures to be erected over playground areas at Montrose Elementary School. The durable fabric canopy canopies will add much needed sun protection for  students and manage the temperature of metal and plastic playground equipment that can soar on sunny days. 

$10,000 to develop a keyboard Lab at Bexley Middle School. The 20 stand alone keyboards will provide for a seamless learning experience for students taking music electives including Beginning Piano. Having the classroom keyboards will provide the opportunity to expand music electives available and for the teaching of music tech and recording, songwriting and composing.

$8,000 to fund an author experience for all fifth grade elementary students. The author, Terry Maldonado who taught in the New York City public schools for 25 years, will help students to craft their own personal narratives through an in person and virtual visit. Maldonado’s popular novels for young readers include  What Lane? Tight and Secret Saturdays.

$4,135 to support the development of structured physical activities for students at Maryland Elementary. Funds will be used to add additional games and activities on the blacktop area of the playground with the goal of increasing play skills, social problem solving skills and reducing conflicts. Multiple games will be offered adaptable to children of varying motor abilities.