Chess, field trips, writing workshops, model U.N. receive funding

The Haldane School Foundation (HSF) announced that it has finalized $44,900 in educational enrichment grants to the Haldane Central School District for this season’s grant cycle. These Innovation Grants will help fund a newly created Think Ahead Chess program, led by director Alanna Katz, who has competed internationally and has worked in a number of schools and youth programs to promote students’ passion for the game.

In addition, several different educational field trips will be funded by the HSF, including a wolf conservation field trip (third grade), the Metropolitan Museum of Art trip (sixth grade), trip to Washington, D.C. (10th grade), and the Constitution Marsh outing (first grade). Two new noteworthy programs for the high school include a writing workshop taught by Sarah Lawrence College professor (and Haldane parent) Jeffrey McDaniel, and a foreign language immersion program. Attendance at an Ivy League National Model U.N. Conference Program (grades 10–12) will also be funded by the HSF.

HSF awards Innovation Grants twice per year, in the spring and fall. The grants are funded by donations from the community and through fundraising events held by the HSF throughout the year. Teachers, administrators and parents within the Haldane school system submit grant applications to the HSF for funding that falls outside of what is available under the regular school budget.

Upcoming fundraisers include Ladies Poker Night on Feb. 28 and Glynwood Spring Fundraiser on April 25. Parents and any other members of the community who would like to help the HSF in its mission of enriching the educational experience at Haldane can donate silent auction items or become a volunteer. For more information please contact Shannon Keegan at 917-449-4129.

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