What is The Abington Education Foundation?
Abington Education Foundation (AEF) is a volunteer non-profit 501(3)(c) organization that helps enhance, support, and enrich public education in Abington. We seek to promote innovative and productive programs that will challenge and enrich the students and teachers in our community. To make this all possible, we raise money for teacher grants.
What does AEF support?
Abington Education Foundation encourages applications that impact the classroom experience by bringing programs or innovative ideas to our students. AEF will not fund projects and/or materials that are usually funded by the School Department or PTO such as field trip busing. AEF may supplement funding that exceeds the funding of the PTO to provide our students with the best experiences and materials possible.
How much funding is available?
The number of grants and dollar amount for each grant is determined by the AEF Board and Committee Members, which is based off the success of fundraising efforts each year. (This is where the community support is vital!)
How do teachers apply for a grant?
At the start of the application process, the forms will be distributed to each school. The Foundation will release the new grant form at the beginning of each school year and accept grant applications on an ongoing basis until funds are used. Careful attention is made to ensure funds are as evenly distributed as possible through all schools and grades. Special attention is given to new and innovative ideas. Grant application can be found at the following link.
How can community members become involved with AEF?
The Abington Education Foundation meets the second Wednesday of the month (September -June). You can look for our meeting times on our Facebook page (Abington Education Foundation-AEF). If you are unable to attend a meeting, there are plenty of upcoming fundraising events to attend, which support our schools and grant funding. In addition to attending fundraising events, AEF is always in need of sponsors and/or donations to help with the fundraising events. Please reach out to AEF at email@example.com for further details on how you can assist the organization.
Approximately $14,000 in Grants were Awarded for the 2019-2020 Academic year to the following:
- A is for Alphabet-K. Park-BBES- Letter Learning game to be used in all Kindergarten classrooms.
- Second Step Kits-K. Park- BBES- Additional set of Curriculum Kits used for Social Emotional Learning in all K-2 Classrooms
- PTLTM4-K. Casey -AHS- Smartphone App for all High School students to customize and track workouts and wellness activities
- CPR Cert-K.Casey-AHS- 11th & 12th Graders- Cards for all students taking the first aid/CPR/AED class
- Maker Space Carts-J. Thompson- BBES- Carts to hold supplies to enhance engineering/STEM projects in all K-2 Classrooms
- Sensory Paths-R. Pulkinen & T. O’Brien-BBES & WES- Allow opportunity for movement/brain breaks for all students in each school
- Hi/Lo Books- P. London-AHS/AMS- Purchase high interest/low vocab library books for ELL/ learning different readers
- First Steps in Music-M. Vaillancourt-BBES- Purchase additional materials to supplement the new music curriculum for K-2 Classrooms
- Pumpernickel Puppets-A. Levesque- AEEP- Performance for all PreK students to enhance curriculum and stimulate creativity
- Suitcase Stories-E. Despres-AHS- Workshop/Performance about immigrant/refugee stories for ELL and High School students
- Multi-Sensory Instruction-R. Coppenrath-Latta-WES- materials for new & innovative literacy curriculum for learning different 3rd/4th graders
- Listening Centers-S. Clark-WES- Ability to hear and follow stories from Audio in all 3rd/4th Grade Classrooms
- Tech without Tears-V. Graham-BBES- age appropriate equipment for computer lab-all K-2 students
- Amazing Hero Art-M. DiRado-AMS- Assembly with Artist Rob Surette- all students in Grades 5-8
- Take Home Library-C. Widmann-WES- Supply books for ELL students to reinforce reading at home-Grades 3 & 4
- Stress Relief Centers-E. Gonsalves-AHS- provide stress relief tools to improve focus for 9th & 10th grade students
- Capoeira: Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts, Music and Dance-P. Grabowski-AHS-Provide unique cultural experience for all High School students
- Memory Project- M. Poirer- AHS-Allow students in Drawing & Painting II class the opportunity to draw portraits of children in Nigeria who have faced significant challenges that will then be shared with those young students- Grades 10-12