The year so far has been a productive time at the Haldane School Foundation. After the very successful Taste of the Valley celebration on April 28, the board got busy soliciting proposals and funding exciting initiatives during its spring grant cycle.
“Our teachers are always coming up with creative ideas,” said grant committee co-chair Christine Johanson. “You never know where inspiration will come from.” This cycle’s funded projects include a range of enrichment experiences, including a flipped classroom to teach U.S. history, iPads for fourth graders, and a River of Words program focusing on drawing, depth and geometry.
“We can’t wait for kids to experience these unique opportunities. It’s one more way parents and community members can partner with the school and enhance the learning for the next generation,” said grant committee co-chair Michelle Kupper.
The full list of funded projects:
$6252 – iPads (18) Grade 4
$5250 – “Think Ahead” Chess – Grades 2-5
$4107 – Math Calculators (30) – Grades 9-12 math classes
$3500 – Friends&Family University with Michael Nerney – K-12 and Community
$2500 – Model UN trip to University of Connecticut – Grades 9-12
$2500 – Foreign Language Immersion field trip – Grades 9-12
$1977 – US History Flipped Classroom – Grade 11
$1800 – Chef-in-the-classroom – Grades K-5
$1500 – Elementary School Musical – Aristocats Kids! – Grades 4-5
$1250 – Hudson Highlands River of Words workshop: “Drawing, Geometry and Depth” with Thom Johnson – Grade 6
$1000 – Advanced Placement and pre-AP Spanish trip to En El Tiempo de las Mariposas – Grades 11-12
$993 – Cameras for Photo center – Grades 4-7
$800 – Field Trip to Monroe Village – Grade 4
$758 – Handwriting Support Club – Grades K-2
$550 – Wall of inspirational quotes – K-12 and Community
In other news, five new board members joined the School Foundation: Lauren Daisley, Megan Harding, Katie Hendrix, Kent Henricksen, and Elizabeth Hires. The Foundation said farewell to departing trustees Luz Bailey, Roman Danilov, Cecily Hall, John Hedlund, and Shannon Keegan, and thanked them for their years of service to the school community. The board will meet over the summer to get a jump on preparing projects for the next school year.
The Haldane School Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to enhance the quality of public education by engaging the support and partnership of educators, citizens, parents and students. Since its inception, HSF has raised and donated over $1 million to the Haldane Central School District.