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Curriculum Grants


Enrichment Grants and After School Grants are considered for projects associated with curriculum enhancement. Grants may be written for materials, stipends to outside resources, books, or other ideas that will support and enhance the curriculum. The Committee to approve these grants is made up of of interested parents, teachers and staff to a maximum of 12 people. Contact the PTC if you are interested in serving on this committee.

Past grant awards have included:

Solar Cars  All Grade 8 students will be able to participate in the popular and successful solar car project, in which students design cars that can adapt from solar to electrical energy.
Sensory Integration Equipment  Emily Dudek requested sensory integration equipment to assist some special education students at High Rock.  This equipment is a long-term investment because it can be used with future High Rock students as well.  
Math Enrichment Activities for Flex Block  This grant will provide Grade 6 flex block classes with games and magazines which enhance math and language skills.
Advisory Enrichment Activities  This grant will provide Grade 6 advisory classes with games which foster team building, creative thinking and reasoning skills.
Karen L. Day, Author  Martha Matlaw invited author Karen L. Day to speak to all interested Grade 7 students.  Ms. Day also ran a writing workshop with 20 Grade 7 students.
Summer Search Training  Staff from Summer Search, a successful mentoring program for students of color, will work with the Pollard staff running the Homework Club.  The Pollard staff hopes to enhance its efforts to support Pollard’s students of color.
Picasso and Monet mural exhibit  Patricia McNamara celebrated National Foreign Language Week (February 14-18) by displaying a traveling mural exhibit in the main hallway of Pollard.  The exhibit features Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet.
Bird Feeders Inspired by their reading of Jerry Spinelli’s Crash, Cluster 6-3 will place bird feeders near each classroom window and in the meadow outside of their classrooms.  The bird feeders will allow the students to observe the animals who inhabit the meadow.  Activities designed around the bird feeders will build cluster identity and encourage student responsibility.
Garden Club – Mark Yetman requested funds to buy supplies for the Grade 8 afterschool Garden Club.

Grant Guidelines:

Membership
The Grant Committee welcomes additional grant applications.  Any teacher, staff member, parent, or student of the High Rock or Pollard community may apply.  

The Enrichment and After-School Grant committee will consist of interested parents, teachers and staff to a maximum of 12 people.
Representation from all grade levels is encouraged.
Each committee member has one vote per grant application.
Only committee members can vote on a grant application.

Grants
Grant applications will be considered from any teacher, staff member, parent, or student of the High Rock or Pollard community. Parent- or student-initiated grant applications must have a sponsoring staff member. Grant applications will be considered for single classes, multiple classes, clusters, single grade levels, multiple grade levels, or whole school activities.
Grant applications will be considered for projects associated with curriculum enhancement. Grant applications may be written for materials, stipends to outside resources, books, or other ideas that will support and enhance the curriculum. Exception: student transportation costs and basic supplies such as pens, pencils, and paper.
Grant applications will be considered for any amount. Funding will be at the discretion of the committee and may be for full, partial, or no funding. Grant applications may be submitted throughout the school year until the budget is depleted.
Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, all successful projects may be resubmitted and approved for funding no more than ONE additional time.

Grant Approval
Grant applications for sixth-grade projects should be submitted via email to Jessica Downey, High Rock Principal. Grant applications for seventh- or eighth-grade projects should be submitted via email to Tamatha Bibbo, Pollard Principal. Grant applications for projects involving students at both Schools should be submitted via email to both principals. After reviewing the application, the principals will forward it to the committee chairs via email.
Questions are sometimes asked for clarification, which the committee chairs will convey to the individual who submitted the application.
Grants are approved by majority vote, by committee members who respond to the email within 2 business days.
The committee can approve grant requests up to $500. Requests above $500, once approved by the committee, will also be approved by the PTC Executive Board, via email.
The outcome of the approval process will be communicated by the committee chairs to the individuals who submitted the application.

Grant Reimbursement
Once a grant is approved, the committee chairs will notify the PTC Treasurer.
An invoice* or receipts should be attached to a PTC Expense Reimbursement Form by the individual who submitted the application.
*Invoices, catalog orders, performance fees, etc. can be paid directly to the vendor whenever possible to avoid out-of-pocket expenditures by the grant applicant.
PTC grant-funded purchases are tax exempt, and therefore we do not need to pay sales tax!
Inquire about using the PTC’s Tax Exempt Number when making any purchases that will be reimbursed by an enrichment grant.

Committee Chair:
Karen Mahoney
kkmahoney@verizon.net
781-453-0266(H)
781-572-4723(Cell)