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12 Mini-Grant Recipients Announced!

Donate Your Rebate Initiative Will Help Fund Spring 2015 Applicants

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The Clarence Schools Enrichment Foundation (CSEF) announced the first recipients of its biannual mini-grant program at the November 17 School Board meeting. The program, launched last spring, accepts grant requests from Clarence faculty to provide ancillary enrichment to students.

“CSEF is excited to provide enrichment opportunities for the students of Clarence through the mini-grant program. Many of these grants will directly impact classroom instruction and provide technology and resources that will deepen student learning and understanding of material being taught,” said Jenna DePasquale, Chair of the Mini-Grant Program.

DePasquale and the Selection Committee received 29 applications for consideration at the first deadline of October 6.

“Our criteria included looking at the number of students impacted, need of the project, and alignment with the goals of the school district and individual buildings within the district,” said Dawn Snyder, CSEF VP. “The submissions were great. CSEF would have loved to have awarded more, but after last year’s restoration, we were constrained by the amount of funds on hand. We are hoping our new “Donate Your Rebate” Initiative will allow us to fund more grants for applicants who submit by our spring deadline of March 9.”

The following grant recipients were recognized by Victor Martucci, CSEF President, Jenna DePasquale, Mini-Grant Chair, Geoff Hicks, Clarence Schools Superintendent and Mary Ellen Kloss, Clarence School District Board President:

Kimberly Boyle, Ronald Kotlik, Stephen Merlihan, Mary Schraven and Amy Ratajczak from Clarence High School; Carolina Delaney, Lynn Elibol, Christine Hanlon, Leslie Heim, Mary Lynne Kautz, Jamie Rook, Deborah Wehrlin and Kathryn Wright from Clarence Middle School; Victoria Curtin, Susan Dubill and Sharon Szeglowski from Clarence Center Elementary School; Gretchen Burden and Mary Klein from Harris Hill Elementary School and Daniel Denecke from Ledgeview Elementary School.

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Since our foundation is staffed solely with volunteers, CSEF keeps our operational costs as low as possible. Last year almost 97% of money raised went directly to programming to benefit students!

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