Grant day at the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools is one of the best days of the year. The Foundation delivered over 100 surprises to teachers and principals in Springfield Public Schools on Thursday through its annual Back to School grant program. This year, in a record year, the Foundation awarded $325,663 to over 50 schools and special programs in Springfield.
At a press conference on Thursday, Foundation board member and co-chair of the Back to School fundraising committee, Michael Sapp said, “The money awarded throughout the district today will impact so many students. The projects represented this year will help provide our schools with updated technology for the classrooms, money for academic field trips, funds for school-wide reading programs and support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, just to name a few.”
The Foundation receives support for this program from community members, businesses and individuals. Foundation development director, Natalie Murdock said, “The Foundation raises funds for the Back to School program all year, but we really kick into high gear over the summer months to ensure that this program helps our teachers start their new school year off right.” Since the Foundation’s inception over 20 years ago, it has provided classroom and school grants to teachers and principals. The program has grown and evolved over the years into the Back to School program.
On Thursday, over 100 projects were funded through the Back to School program.