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2016 Back to School Grant Deliveries

2016 Grant Delivery Big Check

Foundation for Springfield Public Schools awards $246,370 in Back to School grants to Springfield Schools

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.Back to School grant check, delivery day is the best day of the year at the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools, especially for Foundation volunteers and grant recipients. “It’s our own surprise, ‘prize patrol’ event, that creates excitement and long-lasting benefits for student’s education,” said Foundation Executive Director, Natalie Murdock.

Nearly 30, Foundation volunteers fanned out to 43, Springfield Public Schools to make more than 100, surprise deliveries to teachers, librarians and principals on Thursday, September 8. All totaled, volunteers presented $246,370 to Springfield Schools from the Foundation’s Back to School grants program.

“Through the many donations to this program the Foundation was once again able to provide grant support to teachers and principals all across our district. The money awarded today will impact so many students.” said Foundation President-Elect, Matt Simpson. “This year grants were awarded in the categories of student experience, modern learning environment, classroom projects, community engagement, professional development and Reading Roundup. Through each of the six categories teachers and librarians were rewarded for their efforts to support their students’ academic achievements.  Each of these individuals go above and beyond the call of duty to seek additional funding for their projects and we applaud their efforts.”

This program is made possible by generous donations from community members, businesses and individuals.  Foundation Executive Director, Natalie Murdock said, “The Back to School program is the heart and soul of the Foundation. It provides resources that make an impact on thousands of students across our district.  Through the financial support of so many generous donors, grant day is made possible.” 

Since the Foundation’s inception over 20 years ago, it has provided classroom and school grants to teachers and principals.  The Back to School program has grown and evolved over the years and continues to positively impact thousands of teachers and students throughout the district.

To see a complete list of Back to School grant projects funded this year, go to To learn more about other Foundation opportunities to support educational excellence for Springfield Public Schools students, visit or call 417-523-0144.

Back to School Grant Delivery News Release

For a full list of grants allocated: Back to School Grant Allocations List

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