On Wednesday, September 9, the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools awarded $151,669 to schools across Springfield. The Foundation’s Back to School grant program is in its 9th year and has awarded over $1 million in grants and School Improvement Plan (SIP) funding since the program began.
At a press conference Wednesday morning Executive Director of the Foundation, Nancy Fazzino made the announcement and presented the first High Impact grant to Julie Valdez, Stephanie Kennedy and Pat Schaffitzel representing Weller and York Elementary schools. This is the first year the Foundation has awarded High Impact grants. These grants were awarded to high-risk schools with free and reduced lunch rates of 50% or higher. Grants were funded for high impact projects for multiple classroom or multiple school programs. This new category is funded in part by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, which also had representatives at the press conference.
The Back to School program is one of the Foundation’s most successful programs. “Once again the community has stepped up to support this very important program. We are very thankful for the support that helps us to make a difference in the lives of children right in the classroom, “said Fazzino.
The Foundation awarded grants in four basic categories of high impact, technology, equipment and classroom project. In addition the Back to School program awards money for SIP, which schools use for a variety of needs including ways to increase attendance and test scores. The Foundation awarded 37 classroom grants and 49 SIP grants this year. Ten of those grants where from the new category for High Impact grants, each ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.
Caption: Leaders from the SPS Foundation present a grant check for their High Impact grants program.