Grants

Each year the DFS Foundation awards $20,000 to $50,000 in grants based on teachers' requests for funding. Teachers submit grant requests in the fall at the beginning of the school year and by early December receive funding for curriculum or professional development based grants. In the past we have approved grants for items such as standing desks for Springhurst, playground equipment improvements (including the buddy bench), new computers for the science research program and new equipment for the IB film program. Over the past 3 years, we have also donated over $75,000 to IB teacher training, including the development of the middle years program (MYP) that has now been implemented in grades 6-10.

 
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Grants History

HIGHLIGHTS OF PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES FUNDED BY THE DFSF

The International Baccalaureate Program:

The Foundation funded the initial adoption of the IB Diploma program and, in recent years, the expansion to the Middle Years Program, funding comprehensive teacher training which brings benefits to all students in grades 6-10, whether or not they eventually pursue an IB diploma. The Foundation has supported ongoing professional development for teachers and administrators over the several years of implementation. The IB curriculum's cross-disciplinary approach has given students new ways to think about their work across many dimensions.

Science Research Lab:

The Foundation has been instrumental in facilitating the District's commitment to advance the Science Research Program as part of the ongoing district support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) The Foundation provided the seed money to purchase and install the initial equipment and software in the high school, and, over several years added, among other items, a large format printer, Windows computers and software to analyze and present results.

Math:

Purchased one year of the math on-line service used for practice and reinforcement at home and at school in conjunction with Springhurst’s math curriculum. Provided professional development training for Springhurst teachers in conjunction with adoption of Singapore Math curriculum.

IB Film Program:

Purchased new cameras, mikes and tripods for IB Film program in high school.

New Pianos for Springhurst:

Purchased 4 new pianos for music instruction and performance.

Google Expeditions

Classroom kit of Google Expedition hardware that allows teachers to take students on virtual reality field trips anywhere from inside the human body to civil war sites to Machu Picchu

MS/HS Auditorium Renovation:

Contributed funds toward the refurbishment and renovation of the MS/HS Auditorium and provide support for the District’s ongoing fund raising efforts for the renovation.

Springhurst Playgrounds:

Planned, purchased, and installed the Georgienne Dempsey Kindergarten playground and the first and second grade playground with the Board of Education.

TV Studio:

The DFSF initiated and funded this state of the art facility used by both High School and Middle School students.

Audio Recording Studio:

Purchased and installed electronic keyboards and recording equipment, facilitating the study of audio recording and sound engineering.

New computers:

Purchased and installed new computers for Springhurst, Middle School and High School computer labs.

Middle School Math Lab:

Purchased and installed equipment and software with assistance from IBM for hands-on technology programs.

Destination Imagination:

Provided support to winning teams from all three schools to attend DI Globals in Tennessee in 2008.

MS Journalism:

Funding for a program allowing students to write, design and produce their own newspaper.

Clearwater Classroom:

Supported the annual all-day seminar on board a Hudson River sloop enhancing experiential learning for 4th grade in both science and social studies for 10 years.

Environmental Art:

Funded a two month residency for 5th grade to study environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy and create their own earthworks.

Language Lab:

Purchased Language Lab for use by High School and Middle School foreign language classes.

Reading Incentive Program:

The Principal Kissed a Pig! funded the extraordinary reading initiative at Springhurst in 2008, where students read over 20,000 books to see Principal Berry kiss a pig.

Classroom Libraries:

In Springhurst and the Middle School, these libraries facilitate instruction for students with varying reading levels to support reading goals set for the year. Springhurst funds were raised through matching grants of parents and the PTSA.

Outdoor Classroom:

Provided major funding to support creation of an outdoor learning area for K-5 students to study sustainable gardening and environmental stewardship. Also includes a performance space for individual classroom use. Continued to support gardening initiatives throughout the years since.

Smartboards:

Partnered with the district and NY State elected officials to purchase and install interactive whiteboards in classrooms and libraries of all three schools.

Sound Systems:

State-of-the-art sound systems for the cafeteria and new gymnasium at Springhurst.

Performances and Workshops:

Visits by renowned performers from the Westchester Philharmonic, The Joffrey Ballet, Philharmonia Virtuosi, American Ballet Theater, Mayhem Poets Performance Poetry and many more.

SCHOLARSHIP FUND:

The DFSF is the underwriter of the IB scholarship winners and JBK Personal Achievement scholarship winners of each graduating class. This fund also provides need-based support for students to attend travel programs and field trips in our district.

 
 

Recent Grants

2018:

  • Adafruit Circuit Playground Express for MS Computer Science program

  • Sphero Sprk Robotics for MS Library

  • MoMath National Museum for 10th grade math students

  • Podcasting Studio - IB Film & IB English HL

  • Word Heros - Literacy Program for ELL at Springhurst

  • Dyna Math Scholastic Magazine in 3rd grade

  • Swivl C3 Robot for SPR Math Specialist

  • Flexible Seating Options - Grades 2 and 3

  • Sound Field Amplification Systems in Kindergarten classes

  • Mindfulness for 3rd grade

  •  License for Learning Ally for the Special education department at Springhurst

  • Yoga Mindfulness in Kindergarten classes

2017:

  • Professional author visits and workshops for 6th and 8th grade students

  • Bouncy bands for all 4th grade chairs and desks

  • Inspirational quotes contest and addition of winners to various areas of Springhurst

2016:

  • Compost Kids - science program for environmental education at Springhurst

  • Document Cameras - 6 cameras for Kindergarten teachers, one for ENL (English as a new language) teacher

  • Junior Great Books - Pilot program for high level readers in grades 3-5

  • Standing Desks - Pilot program to have several standing desks in each 3rd grade classroom

  • Yoga Kids - Cooperative Yoga classes between special needs students and one K and 3rd grade class

  • Science Research - Windows computers for specific science software for Science research program

  • Google Expeditions: Classroom kit of Google Expedition hardware

  • Professional lending library for Math and ELA teachers at Springhurst

2015:

  • Document Cameras - 6 cameras for 4th grade teachers

  • Buddy Bench - promotes social interaction during recess

  • Runaway Art - 2nd year of 7th grade curriculum examining slavery in Westchester

  • Equipment for IB Film and Journalism Classes - cameras, tripods and microphones

  • Read and Write Google Software - Text to speech and note-taking application for any digital content on Chrome

  • Robotslab Training - Training for use of NAO Robot for MS and HS teachers

2014:

  • Eating the Alphabet - A multi- sensory 1st grade curriculum centered on food exposes students to new and unusual food items while building vocabulary, language and nutritional awareness in a fun, engaging way.

  • Science of the Superhero - Two school-wide Assemblies (K-2 and 3-5) will capitalize on students’ enthusiasm for Superheroes and inspire them to write their own comic strips. Culmination of the Creating Comics curriculum

  • K Playground Supplies - This grant provides new equipment including a giant crane, seesaw, blocks, basketball hoop and balls.

  • Extending the Growing Season - K-5th grades. The Springhurst Outdoor Garden, literally seeded with a grant from the DFSF, has become a living laboratory for hands-on exploration and learning. This grant supplies the materials needed to extend the May-June growing season (e.g. nurturing seedlings in the classroom in preparation for Spring planting), while also funding the continuation of the organic garden.

  • MS Classroom libraries - funds to establish classroom libraries upon expansion of English program

  • Runaway Art - 1st year of 7th grade curriculum examining slavery in Westchester

  • Museum of Tolerance trip- culmination of 7th grade literacy and social studies collaboration

  • Biology trip to Dolan DNA Learning Center

  • Physics day at Six Flags