Grants by Year
GRANTS AWARDED THIS SCHOOL YEAR TOTAL $106,269
GRANTS AWARDED FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR
The Mamaroneck Schools Foundation is pleased to present the following slate of seven
grants for total funding of $106,269 to the Board of Education.
The Healing Power of Art
Grantees: Michelle Burton, Madelyn Fortuna
Representational drawing helps students focus and concentrate. Creating and looking at art can
also decrease stress, anxiety, and depression. This grant will fund a variety of still life objects
and high-quality art supplies for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to use in their art classes.
Commercial Dishwashers for Family and Consumer Science (FACS) classrooms
Grantees: Betty Comerford, Melissa DiSanto
This grant will provide two state-of-the-art commercial dishwashers, a utility cart, and three
utility bins to the FACS program. Culinary labs have been overhauled since the COVID-19
pandemic, shifting from large groups completing one-batch recipes to individuals collaborating
on single-serving recipes. With this shift to individual cooking, dishes and prepware have
increased sixfold. Today’s commercial dishwashers use less water, less energy, and wash at
higher temperatures than previous models, helping to better sanitize dishes, trays, and prepware.
They also will reduce the time that students need for clean-up, leaving more productive time
devoted to food preparation.
Creating a Brave Classroom: Anti-Bias and Anti-Racism in Action - Professional
Development for MEELs, Building Equity Team Members presented by Britt Hawthorne
Grantees: Bonnie Sloofman, Leon Whyte, Annie Ward
This grant is being partially funded by the Barbara Bennett-Rones Memorial Endowment.
This grant will fund a tailored professional development workshop with Britt Hawthorne for
MEELs (Mamaroneck Equity in Education Leaders) and building equity team members. In line
with the goal of the District Equity Plan to facilitate professional development, this workshop
will familiarize educators with ABAR (anti-bias/anti-racism) practices and strategies they can
use to cultivate inclusive classrooms. The MEELs and equity team members will disseminate the
information learned to district faculty and staff. Two follow-up sessions with Britt Hawthorne
during the school year will support continued learning. She also will lead a parent session, called
“Anti-Bias for Families.”
Mamaroneck Avenue School Outdoor LED Sign
Grantees: Maria Albano, Sandra Zadrima
This grant will fund a large LED sign to be installed strategically outside of Mamaroneck
Avenue School (MAS). It will be a simple yet powerful way for the school and district to
communicate important information to parents and other community members. Messages will be
updated frequently in both English and Spanish.
STEAM in the Trees
Grantees: Alex Glass, Lauren Scharfstein
This grant will fund engineering and architectural plans to design an outdoor learning space at
Chatsworth Elementary School that incorporates playground structures interconnected with
nature and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) components.
English Language Learners (ELL) Academy
Grantees: Jessica Gordon, Erin Vanacore
This grant will provide funding for an academic enrichment program for incoming 6th-8th
graders who are English Language Learners (ELLs). During the summer, the program will give
students a head start in literacy, math, and science skills, and offer support while adjusting to a
new school. MHS students and former ELL students will work alongside teachers as peer leaders
and develop leadership skills. Students will participate in weekly check-ins throughout the
school year. Note: this grant will be implemented beginning in the Summer 2023 and during the
2023-24 school year due to scheduled construction at Hommocks in the Summer of 2022.
The Murray Avenue School Collaborative Conference Room
Grantees: Matthew Porricelli, Tina Ponce
This grant will provide funding to re-design the Murray Avenue computer lab into a
collaborative conference room. It will incorporate a White Walls system, collaborative tables,
and a flexible design to complement the school’s separate investment in an interactive Newline
Display. The new space will provide a dedicated space for teachers, administrators, and students
to work collaboratively. Additionally, teachers and administrators will use this space for team
meetings, grade level meetings, and professional development. Students also will use the room
on a regular basis for small-group collaboration projects and for learning experiences that happen
outside of school hours.
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