Haldane School Foundation Announces Grants

Group distributes $27,059 for enrichment programs

The Haldane School Foundation (HSF) announced $27,059 in educational enrichment grants to the Haldane Central School District for this season’s grant cycle.

These Innovation Grants will help fund the new Haldane Learning Lab Center, the start of a National Model UN Conference Program, Educational Field Trips to New York City, Albany and Teatown Nature Preserve, a STEM humanoid programmable robot engineering program, Destination Imagination Academic Tournament and many other educational enrichment initiatives.

The HSF has a strong commitment to supporting the development of the new Learning Lab, which will serve grades K-12 and will be conducive to developing the collaborative classroom of the future and project-based learning. The new technology space will use multi-media tables, including iMacs and advanced media editing to enhance learning. The Learning Lab will also extend Virtual High School opportunities for the highest achieving Haldane middle school students.

“Our goal is to continue to encourage and promote collaborative approaches to learning that demand deep thinking and thoughtful problem-solving. Redefining and reinventing the organization of a classroom space to promote authentic project-based learning opportunities will further encourage more student-centered approaches to instruction,” said Haldane Elementary and Middle School Principal Brent Harrington.

HSF awards Innovation Grants twice per year. The grants are funded by donations from the community and through fundraising events held by the HSF throughout the year. Teachers, administrators and parents submit grant applications for project funding beyond what is available under the regular school budget.  Since its inception in 2000 the HSF has raised more than $700,000 for the Haldane School District.

The HSF’s annual Fall Ball is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, at The Garrison. Tickets are on sale now at haldaneschoolfoundation.org.

“This year’s Fall Ball theme is STEP UP FOR STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). We will feature a special fundraiser to add a 3D Printing Makerspace to the new Haldane Learning Lab,” said Fall Ball Co-Chair Betsy Matos Carone.

Parents and any other members of the community who would like to help can donate silent auction items or become a volunteer “Friend of the Foundation.” Contact Shannon Keegan at 917-449-4129.

A full list of this grant cycle’s HSF educational enrichment grants follows:

HSF Grant Awarded: For Grade(s):
El Quijote AP Spanish Field Trip 12
National HS Model UN Conference 10-12
NAO STEM Robotics Program 9-12
Destination Imagination Academic Tournament 5-7
Adjustable Basketball Backboards for Gym K-5
Marion Lazan WWII & Holocaust Presentation 7-8
Broadway Theater Experience 7
Albany Government Field Trip 4
New Learning Lab K-12
Teatown Nature Preserve Ecological Field Trip 4


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