On May 5th, the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns will hold its thirteenth annual dinner dance fund raiser. It is fitting that we recognize the significant contributions this organization of community volunteers consistently makes, and the impact their efforts have on the students we serve. This is a group that makes a difference!
The Foundation supports our students’ education in many ways, and their financial backing of technology in our schools has been particularly strong. Direct benefits to our students include a computer lab at W.L. Morse, numerous SMART Boards, hundreds of computers, and seed money for a variety of pilot programs.
The seed money has been invaluable, and many of the projects initially sponsored by the Foundation have become permanent fixtures in our district. Examples of this include the Rubicon Atlas Curriculum software, Blackboard.com, Macintosh computers, an interactive student response system (“clickers”), iPods, materials for Podcasting, and more. In fact, the Foundation initially provided funding for Mr. Mormile’s multimedia class and related efforts, for which he was recently awarded the prestigious Pioneer Award from the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center.
Of course, the Foundation supports a great deal more than technology in our schools. Whether it’s funding a new playground, providing financial support for trips, buying mountain bikes for the high school’s physical education department or updating the sound system at the Washington Irving school, the Foundation does a great deal for our school community.