PORT WASHINGTON, NY —The Ed. Foundation will award 49 incredible grants to the Port Washington schools for the 2018-2019 school year. This year’s grants include artists and experts in residence, stereo microscopes, virtual business simulation software, cultural dance workshops, computer science programming, before-school exercise, STEM, chess, and robotics clubs, a mindfulness workshop, an edible garden, and a mobile laptop cart, to name just a few.
Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Mooney celebrates the district’s partnership with the Foundation, stating “Our students have derived much inspiration from The Ed. Foundation’s educational and innovative grant process. As we begin the 2018-2109 school year, we look forward to continuing our successful partnership and furthering the motivation, enrichment and creativity of all students.”
ENCOURAGES, EMPOWERS, AND ENGAGES
This year’s grant awards and programs total over $150,000 from The Ed. Foundation to the Port Washington schools.
With 10 grants awarded at Schreiber High School, Principal Ira Pernick is looking forward to the 2018-2019 school year. Pernick says, “T he Ed. Foundation continues to work with the Schreiber faculty to advance curriculum, create unique educational opportunities for students and address socio-economic barriers to technology. Their willingness to partner knows no bounds .”
With several grants supporting artistic endeavors and exploration, Director of Creative Arts and Port Washington resident, Kevin Scully applauds The Ed Foundation for “providing priceless experiences in the arts for our Port Washington students.” Scully is grateful for The Ed Foundation’s “professionalism, insightfulness, and great deal of care in supporting the teachers so they can provide the best possible education for the young people of Port Washington with grants for small-scale or large-scale endeavors.”
SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY FOR MANY YEARS
The Ed. Foundation has been awarding grants to the Port Washington schools since 2002, funding innovative programs that support educational initiatives beyond basic educational requirements.
Director of Technology Ryan Meloni commends The Ed. Foundation, stating that “ The Ed Foundation is a sustaining partner of the Port Washington School District community. Whether it is supporting new ideas coming out of the classroom, or collaborative efforts of faculty and parents working together to provide amazing opportunities for the children of Port Washington School District, The Ed Foundation’s support and commitment make our dreams possible!.”
Sousa Principal Dr. David Meoli celebrates the 9 grants Sousa students will participate in, stating that “the entire Sousa staff is grateful to The Ed. Foundation for its many rich enhancements to our school over the years.” Meoli commends the continuation of Sousa’s successful mindfulness program, stating “we are particularly excited about continuing our third year of a social/emotional learning program called RULER which, thanks to the generous support of The Ed. Foundation, has really made our students, our staff, and our school a better place to learn and grow. We look forward to sharing the dynamics and mechanics of RULER with our parent population and with other schools within the Port Washington School District. Thank you Ed Foundation!”
PAYING FOR EXTRAS
The grant funding helps pay for programs and services that are beyond the scope of the school budget.
Daly Elementary School Principal Sheri Suzzan comments, “ We have come to rely on the generosity, support, and everlasting dedication to the school community that The Ed. Foundation provides. The Foundation’s tireless efforts allow us to expose creative programming and opportunities to ALL of our students. From learning how to ballroom dance, to arriving early in the morning to participate in a program that combines physical fitness with music, The Ed. Foundation makes coming to Daly School just a little bit more special each and every day .”
Principal Suzzan is especially excited about The Daly News grant. Electronically published three times a year, she states “it’s one of our favorite granted opportunities.”
The Ed. Foundation actively raises funds and awards grants to enhance and expand educational opportunities for all students in the Port Washington public schools. The Ed. Foundation also seeks donations, grants and government funding for selected programs and resources.
Principal Bonni Cohen is also excited for the many grants Manorhaven Elementary School teachers were awarded this year. Cohen states that “ The Ed Foundation has touched our students in every possible way. We are learning ballroom dancing, doing STEM projects, playing Chess, exercising before school, and gardening.” She sites Ed. Foundation support programs such as the Homework Cub and a thriving Mentor Program, recognizing that “we have dreams and The Ed. Foundations makes those dreams come true.”
A COMMUNITY THAT SUPPORTS EDUCATION
The Ed. Foundation is grateful to its supportive community. Through a successful membership program, generous sponsorships and community support, the Foundation had a successful year of fundraising and is thrilled to award the schools with so many exciting grants. Upcoming fundraising events include their hallmark event the
Progressive Dinner on October 26th and a cocktail party in the spring.
Please visit www.TheEdFoundation.org to become a member, sponsor a grant, or learn more about inspiring education in Port.
BY THE NUMBERS
49: Grants awarded to Port Washington schools for the 2018-2019 school year
$150,000+: Total grant awards and programs for 2018-2019 school year
$1.5 million: Total grant awards and programs since 2002