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Williamsville Education Foundation Announces 2018 Grants

The Williamsville Education Foundation, Inc. has awarded 23 grants totaling $8,526 to teachers in the Williamsville Central School District to help fund educational enrichment projects for students. The awards were announced in early December.

“The grants awarded acknowledge the creative and innovative work teachers are doing every day in their classrooms to engage students,” said Foundation President Jeffrey Katz. “We are proud to play a role in fostering and encouraging their efforts to enhance learning opportunities for Williamsville students.” 

Forty grant applications were submitted this year, with a funding rate of 58 percent. The average amount awarded per request was $370. The 2018-19 grant recipients, by school, are:

  • East High: Timothy Redmond, social studies teacher, partial funding for a guest classroom speaker; Cameron Townsend, health teacher, to purchase wrist blood pressure cuffs and touch thermometers.
  • North High: Heather Thuman (Science), Ozobot Bits and coding markers; Jessica Rys (Physical Education), Tchoukball (‘chook-ball’) equipment.
  • South High and Mill Middle: Amie Vredenburg (Music), partial funding for a visiting musician/guest educator. 
  • Casey Middle: Carissa Chinana and Andrea Hauber (Special Education), MakerSpace materials.             
  • Heim Middle: Lisa Abbott (Math), portable whiteboard easel; Denise Woods (Art), light boxes; Charles Miller (Science), classroom ecosystem kit.
  • Mill Middle: Ronna Glickman and Andrea Pecori (Family and Consumer Sciences), pillow project materials; Dianne Dellinger, Kelly Gangi, and Stacy Quinlan (Math), classroom headphones.
  • Country Parkway Elementary : Maria Heins (Gifted Programming), green-screen and stand; Eileen Theuerkauf (Technology Integrator), web cams.
  • Dodge Elementary: Brandon Morrisey (Librarian), Go-Pro camera; Lori Bellacose (Kindergarten), alternative seating; Laura Ferguson (Grade 2), alternative seating.
  • Forest Elementary: Julie Perna (Gifted Programming), Cubelet Robots; Donna Callaghan (Math), Digi Blocks.
  • Heim Elementary: Sarah Barry (Art), Lego and Duplo sets; Heim Math Team, partial funding for Math Mania Program.
  • Maple East: Katie McFarland and Lindsay Toutounji (ENL), whiteboard activity table.
  • Maple West: Christina Dusksha (Grade 4), partial funding for guest author visit; Megan Doherty (Art), monoprint art supplies.

The Williamsville Education Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an all-volunteer board made up of community members who work to gather and administer private resources to help ensure Williamsville students receive the highest level of education. The Foundation’s mini-grant program has provided more than $93,000 to teachers across the district’s 13 schools since the program began in 2001. For more information about the Foundation or to donate to its mini-grant program visit www.wedf.org.