Fund commits $25,800 for enrichment programs

The Garrison Children’s Education Fund (GCEF) raised a total of $19,500 during the fund’s fall 2014 fundraising efforts, which included a successful October Golf Marathon Fundraiser and Fall Appeal, completed in November. The Fall Appeal brought in over 100 donors and raised $12,000 with an emphasis this year on GCEF’s commitment to supporting a state-of-the-art library at GUFS. Money raised will support a variety of academic, artistic and athletic curriculum-enhancing activities.

GCEF welcomes grant proposals from any member of the GUFS community, including teachers, administrators and parents. Grants are awarded on an ongoing basis throughout the school year and the fund will continue to evaluate and support new programming for the spring.

GCEF has committed $25,800 for 12 programs during the 2014–15 school year:

Library Connection Grant: $10,000 to purchase of over 400 content-rich, relevant and intellectually challenging books.

Hudson Valley Seed (HVS): $4,000 for the development of a sustainable, year-round school garden for curriculum in grades K–4.

Jazz Ensemble: $3,350 for musical instruction that will teach middle school students to read jazz band arrangements and improvise solos.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare School Workshop: $1,925 to bring the touring production of Macbeth to GUFS for students in grades 7 and 8.

Chef in the Classroom: $1,260 to provide monthly cooking sessions to grades K–4 and 6.

Sloop Clearwater: $1,250 for the annual fifth-grade sail on the sloop Clearwater as part of their study of history, ecology, art and music.

Percussion Ensemble: $1,200 to bring a professional percussionist/teacher for students in grades 4–8.

Artist in Residency: $1,100 to host Hudson Valley artist Andrew Lattimore for a three-session residency at GUFS to work with students grades 3–8.

PTA After-School Programs: $500 to support fall and winter chess with students in grades 1–8.

Constitution Marsh Eagle Program: $500 for fourth-graders to participate in the “Eagles on the Hudson” program at Constitution Marsh.

Liberty Science Center: $362 to partially cover the fourth-grade visit to the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey.

Challenger Space Center: $350 for the sixth-graders to experience a simulated mission to Mars at the Challenger Space Center.

GCEF’s next fundraiser is the 16th Annual Spring Thaw, which will be held on April 18 at Glynwood from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Spring Thaw is GCEF’s biggest fundraising event of the year to support enrichment programming at GUFS.

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