Provide funding for the enhancement of learning opportunities not otherwise available to the students in Schenectady Public Schools.
The Schenectady City School District Educational Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization established under the laws of the State of New York. It is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 © 3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation was established to create new opportunities for students and educators in our community.
Since 2006 we awarded 179 grants totaling $133,143.00. Grants have been used to fund a green house, musical instruments, physical education activities, classroom libraries, mini computers, author visits, field trips, and a number of very creative activities. We also work with other organizations that support the schools, help the summer recreation program and contribute to the backpack program.
During the 2014-2015 school year, the Schenectady City School District Educational Foundation funded many learning experiences. The following is a sample of how some of the money was put to use enriching the learning experiences of our students. Third graders at Keene learned about ocean life from a local expert, FDR students went to the Mabee Farms, and Pleasant Valley students participated in Girls on the Run. The high school jazz band received new guitars, thirty ESL students toured Ft. William Henry, and students in the culinary arts program received new serving uniforms to make them look and feel more professional. Washington Irving students read and saw a production of Jekyll and Hyde, while a group of twelfth graders interacted with one of the original Freedom Writers.
During the fall of 2015, we will be awarding $20,000 in grants. Teachers will submit applications to be reviewed by the Allocations Committee and the Board. Recipients will be announced in November.
This winter, please join us in our celebration of the Schenectady City Public Schools at Proctors. Save the date: January 21, 2016. There will be food prepared by the Schenectady City School District culinary students, student entertainment, and awards honoring achievements by students, school volunteers, alumni and teachers.