Springfield Schools Foundation Inspires Innovation

Holland, OH – – The Springfield Schools Foundation (SSF) funds grants to inspire innovative teacher-initiated projects that enrich the education experience. The Foundation’s mission is to “bridge the gap” by supporting projects that otherwise may not be possible through traditional funding sources. Since SSF’s inception in 2003, the voluntary board has awarded over $250,000 in grants to support teacher-initiated programs. SSF only accomplishes its mission with innovative teachers, school administrators, community members and other partners who graciously support the effort through their time in service and with generous financial donations.

Fully engaged teachers assist SSF in executing its mission by offering proposals for innovative projects. All requests undergo a thorough, rigorous “evaluation process/Grant Rubric.” Among several criteria, emphasis is often given to endeavors that illustrate an innovative approach to education that impact a significant number of underserved students.  Grants awarded during 2016-17 include for example:

  • “The Great Escape” submitted and awarded to Holland Elementary 4th grade teacher Julie Daniels. Daniels’ project will prepare students with 21st century skills like problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, imagination, collaboration and teamwork.
  • “Matching Funds” grants submitted by multiple school/parent organizations that will help fund the purchase of ChromeBooks. These internet-connected devices help integrate technology into the classroom and prepare students for academic success. ChromeBooks also allow the teacher to track individual progress in real time and offers the ability to provide assessments/follow up quickly in digital format.

SSF invites Springfield Schools’ teachers with ideas for innovative projects to consider applying online for the Fall 2017 Classroom Grant at http://springfieldschoolsfoundation.org/grant-application/. Applications will be open for input for the Fall session until October 5.

SSF also sponsors the annual “Tee It Up For Technology” golf outing to raise funds exclusively for technology-based grant requests. The recent outing which was supported by several area businesses and community members and raised over $25,000.  Check out our Facebook Page – Springfield Schools Foundation –  for a listing of the generous community and corporate sponsors.

SSF is also pleased to present its bi-annual “Blue To Do Southern Sparkle” event at the Toledo Zoo’s new Nairobi Pavilion. You will want to save the date for this popular/“don’t miss” community event will take place on November 11th.  Support SSF while you enjoy a night of music, dancing, great food, live and slient auctions, as well as fun charitable casino sytle gaming…and much more. Everyone is invited to attend – by doing so, all can help enrich the education experience!  Tickets and other event activities can be purchased at https://bluetodo-southernsparkle.eventbrite.com or visit the Springfield Schools Foundation Facebook page. A variety of individual and corporate sponsorships are available – for more details surf over to www.springfieldschoolsfoundation.org under “Events” to download a sponsorship application.

Together, engaged teachers, school administrators, parent organizations, corporate and community sponsors and volunteers support the Springfield Schools Foundation’s mission to inspire innovation and enrich education at Springfield Local Schools.  For more information to see how you can be involved in any of the programs described above, please contact Foundation Board President Bus Melby (419-350-8562).