By Brittni Henderson
Members of the Smithfield Education Foundation are more motivated than ever to reach students in the Smithfield School District in new and exciting ways this year. The foundation works to raise money to provide grants for programs that fall outside of the normal school budget and allow educators the opportunity to bring unique experiences to students across the school system. Foundation President Sandi Brenner shares that she and other board members are determined to provide even more funds for schools this year.
Brenner shares that after the tragic passing of former President Doreen Nicholson last summer, the Board felt an even bigger need to enhance the hard work that had been done over the past decade. The foundation is supported by local volunteers and fundraising efforts, and with a bigger goal in mind, more individuals are needed to achieve it.
The foundation is hoping to enlist the skills of current Smithfield residents, former students, business owners, and everyone in between. Brenner is excited to see what types of ideas will come from such a mix of talent, and absolutely any type of assistance will be appreciated. Positions are needed as Executive Officers and Board Members. If you’re technologically savvy, the foundation would love to have you on board to assist with social media, web design, and to connect the group with others like it across the area. If event planning is more your style, even if it means you hang a few posters around town, your time will be greatly appreciated.
Since 2009, the Foundation has been able to provide grants to teachers that came up with exciting and unique programs for students districtwide. From green screens to drones, ukuleles to indoor games– approximately $30,000 has been granted to enrich the educational experience of Smithfield students.
For a grant to be considered by the foundation, the need must be outside of the school budget. After that is determined, the project must be ongoing or something that is utilized by students in an ongoing way.
“It is such a joy to work with such dedicated and determined teachers,” Brenner says. “They all have such great ideas and I hope the foundation can provide them with what they need to see the ideas come to fruition.”
Those interested in becoming a part of this blossoming organization are asked to reach out to Brenner by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Smithfield Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.