The Community Foundation joined with the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools to present the annual Back-to-School Grants on Sept. 15, which include $25,000 from the CFO for high-impact grants for early childhood programs.
In all, the SPS Foundation awarded $142,524 in grants to more than 50 different schools for needs including technology, equipment, classroom projects and funding for the School Improvement Plan.
The CFO’s High-Impact Grants are directed at Title I schools for multi-school, multi-classroom projects, including the Early Childhood Special Education Program and the Shady Dell Early Childhood Center where today’s news conference was held before an audience of pre-schoolers, educators, Foundation representatives and media.
Shady Dell Director Missy Riley described one of the projects – “Ready Bodies, Learning Minds” – which will be a classroom at Shady Dell outfitted for individualized help for kids with sensory and motor skills issues who are not in special-education programs.
“It’s going to make a huge difference for these kids,” she said. “It means our teachers are going to have the tools and equipment they need to help these kids get more energy out, improve their attention spans and stay in the classroom.”
In addition to that project, the CFO’s High-Impact Grant funds contributed to the following awards:
- Early Childhood Curriculum Grant, districtwide, $8,667, for language and literacy curriculum sets;
- Leaping into Language: Literacy Centers for Storytime and Writing, Shady Dell, $5,000, for supplies and equipment for the school’s Literacy Center;
- Soar with Science, Greene County Juvenile Detention Center, $5,720, funding for a science program;
- Parents Involved in Education: Reading Resources, Early Childhood, $6,000, for continuation of this program;
- Community as School, $5,000, Bailey Alternative School, funding for transportation for a service-learning program;
- Ignite a Passion for Reading, $8,826, Campbell Elementary, funding for books for parent-student nights and take-home books for families; and
- Project C.L.A.S.S., Holland Elementary, $5,785 for students struggling with reading and writing in English as a second language.