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Fundraising, grants for SMART Boards in the school classroom

Karen Bantuveris, Founder of VolunteerSpot, recently posted on the company’s blog about one of the newest trends in the classroom, interactive whiteboards.  There are several kinds available including SMART Board and Promethean.   These tools help teachers make learning fun.

Here’s what Karen had to say about experiencing these whiteboards for herself:

How did I go from an interactive whiteboard skeptic to evangelist? I saw the Promethean in action and heard teachers talk about how this kind of technology changes how they teach and reach our kids.

So here’s my big take away for principals, school boards, parent organizations and teachers: Get parents pumped about the technology you want by helping us experience it! Let us know how it helps you do your job better and helps improve learning outcomes (while saving time and money, even better).  If you can do that…we will work (hard) to find ways to fund it!

7 ways to fundraise or find grants so your school can get an interactive whiteboard:

  1. Take a look at some of Karen’s suggestions for demonstrating SMART Boards. Offer multiple opportunities for students, families, teachers, administrators and school board members to experience these.
  2. Smart board

  3. Form a committee or work through the PTA/PTO to decide on a fundraiser specifically for these.
  4. Sign up for an online donation platform such as GiveForward or Donors Choose and launch an online donation drive.
  5. Create an online fundraiser so that people have an additional way to help while they will get a valuable gift in return.
  6. Sign up for the Pepsi Refresh grant program.  Winners are determined by voting, so launch a publicity campaign to get the most votes possible.
  7. Visit Grants Alert and search for grants that your school would qualify for.
  8. When you decide on one or more of these strategies, publicize your efforts throughout the community.  With online fundraising efforts families can even request support from relatives that live out of town.

It may takes some time and work, but getting funding for interactive whiteboards like the SMART Board can greatly improve the quality of education in your schools.  With some enthusiastic parents on your side, you’ll be on your way to success.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Offers Grants to Public Schools

Over the past four years the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program has provided more than $17 million to almost 4,000 schools across the country. They don’t just choose a few schools either. Lowe’s will provide grants to public schools and public school parent teacher groups – at more than 1,000 different schools earch school year.

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) knows how hard you work for your kids and your community and we’re dedicated to helping your parent-teacher group achieve even more for your school. Apply for our Toolbox for Education Grant now and build on your already impressive parent group success with Lowe’s.

Click here to see if you are eligible!

Win $2,500 in School Supplies for Your Classroom

School supplies– from pens to paper and curriculum materials–are essential to learning.  With the economy and budget cuts it has been tough for many schools to provide the supplies needed. The Tools for Teaching contest sponsored by and can help teachers face this challenge. Participants have the opportunity to win up to $2,500 in school supplies for their classrooms.

All you have to do is go to the website and answer the question: “Why does your class deserve to win a gift certificate from and how will you put the school supplies to good use?”

This contest runs through runs through Wednesday, September 30, 2009.  Tell all the teachers you know to sign up for this contest.  They could win some great materials to outfit the class for the school year!

Final Grant Award Winners Announced

grant applications - over 300 in total!Last week we began announcing the winners of the Fall 2008 Grant award program.  Today I’d like to recognize the final school that will be getting a grant, plus five runners up.  Coincidentally it’s another North Carolina School.  This time it’s the elementary school in Wadesboro.

I’ll write a special article for Wadesboro as well as each of the honorable mention schools soon.  For now here is a list of all of the schools that won.


Grants awarded to these schools:

  1. Fuller GT Magnet Elementary in Raleigh, NC – $2000 for 5th Grade trip to Washington DC
  2. P.S. 168/M.S. 203 in Bronx, New York – $2000 for computers
  3. Wadesboro Elementary School, Wadesboro, NC – $1500 for science lab equipment

These schools are recognized with an Honorable Mention. Each will receive $100 toward their project:

  1. STAR Prep Academy, Culver City, CA – Computers
  2. Loma Verde Elementary, Novato, CA – Elmo projector
  3. Poinsettia Elementary, Carlsbad CA – Library books
  4. Tattnall Square Academy, Macon, GA – Active slates
  5. Will Rogers Learning Community (Elementary), Santa Monica, CA – Art Projects

Special Needs School in the Bronx Awarded Grant

I am happy to announce the next award recipient is P.S. 168/M.S. 203 in Bronx, New York.  This school serves children from Kindergarten to 12th grade who have disabilities, such as autism, emotional disturbances and learning disabilities.   Many of these students also face other personal struggles as well.  95% of the students are on the free or reduced lunch program.

Teacher Nicole Sivilich who applied for the grant said, “Students with these disabilities are more likely to learn using computer technology over the standard lecture classroom teaching. We would like to see more of our students increase their social and learning skills using technolgy.”

Unfortunately this school is severely lacking in working computers.   High school grade students need computers for preparing for state tests, doing research and writing papers. Children in grades K-2 use a reading program called Preventing Academic Failure and practice basic reading concepts like sight words. While this $2000 grant may only provide a few computers, the school is also applying for other grants as well.

Teachers and administrators at Bronx schools have shown resourcefulness in other areas as well. 23% percent of schools in the Bronx are without a gym or safe area to have physical education.   Some schools are doing fundraising on their own to get a gym while others like PS 168 are using other available facilities.

The Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF), a non-profit based in Queens, which has received funding from the City Council to connect schools with nearby – and often underutilized – community centers. In the 2007-08 school year, the program served 2,000 students from 40 schools in Brooklyn and Queens. And in December, two Bronx schools – PS 168 on Morris Avenue and PS 754 on Jackson Avenue – enrolled. Students are bused to Bronxdale Community Center on Rosedale Avenue in Soundview, where they play basketball and other sports in what is a state of the art gymnasium.

From: Educators Seek New Ways to Put Physical Education on the Menu

Just like with the challenge of providing physical education and play time, Principal Rosa Nieves Greene and her staff are being resourceful to get the technology to aid student learning in the classroom.  Congratulations P.S. 168/M.S. 203; may you be encouraged in the great work you are doing to help children in your community!