FSPS awards $219,179 to Springfield Public Schools

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Sept. 16, 2022) — The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools (FSPS) awards $219,179 to Springfield Public Schools in Back to School Grants.  Grants are submitted by educators district wide to receive additional support for their classrooms.


Ninety-two grants were delivered to 45 SPS sites by over 60 Foundation for SPS volunteers. “Grant day allows the Foundation to support so many projects that encourage student innovation and support teacher efforts” said executive director Natalie Murdock. “These projects help fill gaps, and support the district’s goals and priorities. The Back to School program would not be possible without the support of our incredible donors!  I am so grateful to everyone who has supported this program!”


Projects are educator-driven and student-focused” said Jill Wiggins, FSPS board president. “In addition to giving students new tools, resources and experiences designed to help them excel, Back to School grants often help educators develop best practices that can be shared throughout the district. The impact is tangible and far reaching.”


The Back to School grant program is made possible by generous donations from community members, businesses and individuals. “The FSPS vision is to promote educational excellence for every child by working with the public school system and the community. Our Back to School Grant Program is the perfect example of this collaboration,” said Murdock


“We are thankful for the generous donors who make the work of the Foundation for SPS possible,” said Dr. Grenita Lathan, superintendent of Springfield Public Schools. “Because of this support, our teachers and students are presented with new opportunities to thrive in their classrooms. The Back to School Grant program enhances the learning environment and it is exciting to see the surprise and joy on the faces of Team SPS.”


The FSPS Back to School Grant Program is still accepting donations to fund more grants throughout the year. For more information about the Back to School Grant Program and the Foundation for SPS, visit the website.