Help IPEI Spark Student Learning!

October 30, 2015
sparkSpark Student Learning!
IPEI brings a diverse range of exceptional community resources to enhance the educational experience for all students. We support teachers who have innovative ideas. This inspires our mission: connecting school and community.
By the Numbers 2014-15
57       Red and Gold Grants                  $$24,983
17       Teacher Grants                             $24,886
5         Connecting Classrooms Grants    $34,950
3         Community Collaboration Grants    $8,500 
11       Awards from Special Funds                 
2900   Elementary Students visit all
8         Discovery Trail sites through KDT! Ithaca                  
21       Grants by the Fine Arts Booster Group
4         Mini-Grants by the IthacaSTEM Advocates
IPEI Grants Impact Student Engagement
IPEI grant programs positively impact student engagement, according to data collected from teachers and community partners who received grants. They were asked during 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15 to observe and report their students’ engagement levels before and after grant-funded activities. According to data they collected, student engagement—as measured by body language, verbal participation, physical participation, independence and excitement—increased significantly after participating in a classroom project funded by IPEI.
Kids Discover the Trail! Ithaca
Every student visits the Discovery Trail sites during elementary school. Two classrooms from different schools participate together with each student having a “buddy” from the other school. Students get to know each other before middle school with shared curricular and social experiences.  KDT! Books corresponding with the curriculum are provided to all students.
IthacaSTEM Advocates:
Promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics  activities throughout the
ICSD, raises funds and sponsorships, and fosters communication and collaboration.
Fine Arts Booster Group:
Advocates, supports and celebrates all the arts for all the kids, working toward a vision of increased access, participation and equity in the arts.
Giving Opportunities
Annual Fund Appeal
Generous individuals, businesses and foundations support IPEI’s mission and programs. Special sponsorship opportunities are available. We accept cash, checks or credit card; online contributions are secure and convenient. We also provide letters acknowledging in-kind contributions. Gifts of securities are welcome in support of IPEI.
New this year: Monthly Giving
IPEI will offer a monthly giving option both on the remittance envelope sent with the Annual Appeal, and online.
Business Partners Honor Roll
Local businesses and foundations know that strong local schools are essential for a strong community. 
Planned Gifts: The Brodhead Society
Remembering IPEI in your estate plans is a lasting gift to the future of our children, teachers and community. Ask about the Brodhead Society.


Red and Gold Grants Announced (Round 1 of 2015-16 School Year)Congratulations to IPEI’s Teacher Grant Recipients and Community Partners