Weekly Feature

2016-12-14 / Business

CSEF Awards Over $17,000 in Biannual Grant Program

The Clarence Schools Enrichment Foundation recently announced the recipients of its biannual grant program at the Dec. 12 Board of Education meeting. The program accepts grant requests from Clarence faculty to provide ancillary enrichment to students.

“CSEF is excited to provide enrichment opportunities for the students of Clarence through the grant program,” said Jenna DePasquale, chair of the grant program. “Many of these grants will directly impact classroom instruction and provide technology and resources that will deepen student learning and understanding of material being taught.”

DePasquale and the selection committee reviewed 25 grant applications. The committee consists of Jon Casey, Clarence Alumni and vice president of Vermed, a graphics controls company; Andrea Hoffmann Duquette, Clarence Center PTO president and parent; and Dawn Snyder, CSEF board member.

“Our criteria included looking at the number of students impacted, need of the project or items, and alignment with the goals of the school district and individual buildings within the district,” Jon Casey.

The following grant recipients were recognized by Jenna DePasquale, grant chair, Joe DePasquale, CSEF president, Geoff Hicks, Clarence Schools superintendent and Maryellen Kloss, Clarence School District board president:

Kathryn Greene, Scott Gretch, Jadine Zadvorney and Thomas Claxton – Flipping the elementary art rooms.

Christine Rich-Reese and Mary Klein – elementary sensory room at Harris Hill Elementary.

Thomas Furminger – Introduction to Steel Pans/Calypso Music at Ledgeview Elementary

AnneMarie Olczak and Colleen Coggins – sensory room at Clarence Center Elementary

Christie Waterman – STEAM in the library at Clarence Center Elementary

Mari-Jo Brunetto – Maker space technology at Ledgeview Elementary

Deborah Wehrlin and Christine Hanlon – The Fifth Annual 6th Grade Green Day at Clarence Middle School

Scott Aspinall – CMS Morning News Show at Clarence Middle School

Laura Bechtel – Community-based instruction at Clarence Middle School

John Mikulski – Healthy Bodies Theme Day 2017 at Clarence Middle School

Cheryl Palmer – Creating the Champion Within: How to Leave the Excuses Behind at Clarence Middle School

Ronald Kotlik – Google Expeditions and virtual reality in the classroom at Clarence High School

Peter Scumaci and Kristin Sickau – Yearbook camera at Clarence High School

Casie LaMarca – Community-based instruction at Clarence High School

Michael Thomas and Kathleen Sugg – Biology dissection laboratory experience at Clarence High School

Keri Graf and George Gilham – Faces of Clarence at Clarence High School

Since the beginning of the grant program in the fall of 2014, CSEF has awarded 66 grants totaling nearly $69,000. CSEF has also purchased tumbling mats for the elementary schools and a basketball shot-away for the middle and high school teams.

“All of our gifts to the school have been possible by generous donations from members of our community and through the support of our three, soon to be four, major fundraising events during the year,” said DePasquale. “We are grateful for all the community support we have received.”

The Clarence Schools Enrichment Foundation, www.clarenceschoolfund.org, is a 501c3 non-profit that supplements state and local funding for public education in Clarence, New York. CSEF offers enrichment in the arts, sciences, math, technology, applied career skills, and athletics in order to enhance the educational experience of students in the Clarence Central School District. Donations are tax deductible and accepted directly on the web or by sending checks payable to: CSEF, Inc. Box 37, Clarence, NY 14031.

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