Foundation for Springfield Public Schools awards $276,869 in Back to School grants to Springfield Schools

Sept. 7, 2017, 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 50, Foundation volunteers fanned out to 41, Springfield Public Schools (SPS) to make more than 80, surprise deliveries to teachers, librarians and principals on Thursday, September 7. Ten Reading Roundup grants were also awarded earlier, on August, 24, to grant recipients. All totaled, volunteers presented $276,869 to Springfield Schools from the Foundation’s Back to School grants program. 

“We are so pleased to have significantly exceeded our fundraising goal of $250,000. Doing so, enabled us to fund even more of the much-needed, innovative, Back to School grant projects, requested by our dedicated, SPS teachers and principals, across the district. The money awarded today will impact so many students.” said Foundation President-Elect Marc Mayer. “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 student’s academic achievements. Each of those individuals go above and beyond the call of duty to seek additional funding for their projects and we applaud their efforts.”

The Back to School grant 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 25 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.