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Celebrating 25 Years of Innovation in Education

Money Granted to Date $2.7 M

We are deeply saddened by the passing of John Blanchard. John was one of the founders of the Pelham Education Foundation and was instrumental in establishing it as one of our community’s leading volunteer organizations. John was a brilliant scientist who will be equally remembered as a devoted teacher and mentor. He was one of the original supporters of Pelham Memorial High School’s highly successful science research program, and through this involvement, inspired a generation of young scientists. Our thoughts are with John’s family and friends.

OUR MISSION

The Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of public education in Pelham with the help of parents, students, educators, alumni, businesses and foundations. We fund educational programs that are outside the annual school budget and award grants for projects that:

• Strengthen and enrich curriculum
• Develop and promote innovative programs.
• Support additional faculty training and resources.
• Fund the purchase of equipment.
• Provide funding for special school facilities and equipment.

Our Focus

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the high quality of education provided by the Pelham school district.

As in other high quality school districts, tax dollars alone are not plentiful enough to sustain the high quality educational experience that the Pelham community demands and that our students deserve. With increasing budgetary pressure on our school district, our community, via the Pelham Education Foundation, steps in to fund the creative and meaningful programs we could not otherwise afford.

History

The Pelham Education Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1995 as a not-for-profit and tax-exempt charitable foundation to receive tax-deductible contributions from individual donors, corporate gifts and grants from public and private foundations.  Since inception we have made grants in excess of $2.7 million as detailed in Foundation Grants.

Foundation Grants

Since inception in 1995, the Foundation has awarded over $2.7 million in grants to provide critical support for the educational needs of Pelham’s students.  Our recent focus on 21st century teaching tools and techniques has fostered the development of life skills for our fast-paced, global environment and supported a dynamic, project-based curriculum that utilizes technology and multi-media. A sampling of the numerous resources provided over the years include:

  • Visit to Regeneron DNA Learning Center
  • Historical Archive Project: Creation of a searchable digital archive of critical Pelham Public Schools and town historical documents
  • Collaborative effort with the district to provide 21st Century classroom tools for every classroom—Chromebooks, SMART Boards, document cameras and laptops
  • iPads and netbooks
  • e-reader devices
  • Naviance college and career planning tool
  • classroom polling technology-SMART clicker
  • Innovative Classroom: outfitting elementary and middle school libraries with flexible furniture and innovative furnishings for select classrooms
  • Maker Spaces in All Six Schools
  • Science Research Lab
  • Multi-media Foreign Language Lab
  • Broadcast Production Studio
  • Fitness Center
  • Traverse climbing walls
  • Chris Herren — The First Day — Substance Abuse Presentation to all PMHS students
  • 2,700+ specialized elementary reading books
  • Shakespeare Festival
  • Science Olympiad and Robotics teams
  • Differentiated math instructional tools
  • Living history events
  • Global summit simulation
  • Staff development and training for Teachers
  • Chamber Chorus Students Learn Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall
  • Pastor Chantel Wright, Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute comes to our school
  • Friends of the Performing Arts Designated Fund
  • Artist Residencies
  • Young Playwrights Festival
  • Traveling Art Exhibits
  • Orchestral Sheet Music
  • Art classroom galleries and design space
  • Band and Orchestra instruments
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STRENGTHENING & ENRICHING THE CURRICULUM WITH INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS

With your donation, the Pelham Education Foundation can continue to enhance the quality of education for all of Pelham’s students. If you donate by April 3oth we will hang a blue ribbon to adorn your home or business on May 2 as a token of our gratitude for your generosity.

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Through your generous donations, the Pelham Education Foundation has awarded over 2.7 Million Dollars in grants to our schools.