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May 2018

$186,000 in Grants to Local Schools

From Beekeeping and an Electronic Music Studio at Mamaroneck High School; Canine Integrated Therapy and revitalized outdoor recreation space at Hommocks Middle School; and educational technology at the elementary schools, the 24 new grants recently awarded by the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation (the Foundation) will benefit thousands of students in the Mamaroneck District schools and community in many ways.


Cecilia Absher, Foundation President, noted, “it is thanks to our generous, supportive community and the work of our dedicated volunteers that we are able to continue to fund teachers’ requests for a wide range of educational purposes that have benefited students in all grades and disciplines.”


This year, the Foundation’s grants total $186,052.Among the requests from teachers for grants that were funded are: advanced immersive technology, specialized reading materials, including for world languages, performance arts equipment, and physical education and wellness initiatives.


“The innovative grants being awarded to our teachers and staff through the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation for the 2018-2019 school year are carefully aligned with our District goals and will serve to deepen the rich educational experience of our students, said Dr. Robert Shaps, Superintendent of the Mamaroneck Union Free School District. “We are grateful for the tremendous amount of thought, planning and collaboration that goes into the grant process each year.”


Funding for the grants will become available in April and the grants will implemented throughout the 2018-19 school year.


Since 1996, the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation has worked to enhance the educational experience of student’s at all six schools in the Mamaroneck Union Free School District. The Foundation has awarded 479 grants, totaling almost $4.4 million, for innovative, teacher-initiated projects that fall beyond the scope of the district budget. For more information about the Foundation and to see a list of past grants, visit the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation website.