2015 - Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation awards grants to benefit students
Nassau BOCES employees were awarded grants totaling more than $40,000 through the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation. The grants will be used to purchase an on-line reading program, iPads for instructional use, a mobile library and supplies to plant a community garden, along with other projects.
“Over the years we have supported a lot of wonderful projects that truly help the students,” said Catherine Pucciarelli, Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation Chairperson. “We’ve awarded 200 grants totaling over $287,362, since the inception of this program in 2007.”
Students at the Children’s Readiness Center (CRC) will benefit from a grant to buy iPads to help with their expressive and receptive language skills. “The iPad is a very motivating and reinforcing tool to use to help our developmentally delayed children develop their expressive language skills and it helps me assist them work on their goals to learn,” said Debra Cherry, teacher at CRC and grant recipient.
The Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting initiatives beyond the scope of the agency's budget. The organization raises funds through events such as its annual gala recognizing honorees of the Nassau BOCES Education Partner awards program. Now in its eighth year, the awards program honors people and organizations that share Nassau BOCES' commitment to public education.
“Thank you for your dedication and hard work, for going above and beyond. I know these grants will work out well for you and your students,” said Nassau BOCES Superintendent Dr. Robert R. Dillon.
Grant-funded teaching innovation is just one way the agency fulfills its goal to ensure student success. Nassau BOCES will continue to set the standard for high-quality programs and services that enable all students to reach their full potential.