Red & Gold Grants

  • FAQ

    About Red & Gold Grants

    Red and Gold Grants are one-time awards of up to $500 to ICSD teachers, staff, students or community members for projects, programs or performances that strengthen and enrich school’s curriculum.


    Red and Gold applications for the 2019-2020 school year are due by October 9, 2019, January 8, 2020 and March 18, 2020.

    Grants due by midnight on the deadline date. All applications will be reviewed in the following week, and applicants will be notified within two weeks of the application deadline


    Contact the Grants Committee at or by calling (607)256-­4734.


    Red and Gold Grants 2017-18

  • Making it possible...
  • Round 1

    Standing for Performance Quality

    Cindy Daly/Belle Sherman/grades 4-5


    Finding safety in taking risks

    Stephen Anderson/BJM/grade 5


    Shape a Story

    Kim Shank/BJM/grades K-2


    Engaging All Students in Learning about Social Justice

    Meg Webster/BJM/grades 4-5


    Ping Pong Partners

    Jeff Tomasik/Shane Taylor/Boynton/grades 6-8


    For the Love of Reading

    Erik Frank/Boynton/grade 8


    Maker Space….Expanded

    Sherri Korb/Boynton/grade 6


    Feelings and Emotions

    Stephanie Kibbe/Caroline/Pre-K


    Chromebook Recording Studios

    Jennifer Goodmark/Caroline/grade 2


    Read, Play and Talk

    Varya Siegel/Caroline/Pre-K


    Third Grade’s Cider Press

    Spencer Hill/Cayuga Heights/grade 3


    Problem Based Learning through GIS

    Laura C. VanVleet/DeWitt/grade 3


    Get Your Hands on Math

    Allison Andersen/Fall Creek/Kindergarten


    Yoga & Relaxation Techniques

    Marie Sadusky/IHS/grades 9-12


    Sugar Changed the World, Unit

    Matthew Soucy/IHS/grade 9


    Ithaca High School Science Olympiad Team

    Matthew Fellman/IHS/ grades 9-12

    Mindfulness in the AIS Classroom

    Kristina DeCicco/IHS/grades 9-12

    Music on the River

    Chris Sperry/LACS/grades 6-12


    PE for You and ME: inclusion in the PE classroom

    Anne Schneider/Northeast/grades K-5

    Teaching Self-Regulation using the “Zones of Regulation” Program

    Jill van Leuken and Celia Clement /Northeast/grades 1, 2, 4

    Creating Conductive Creatures and Creations with Squishy Circuits

    Megan Hulburt/Northeast/ grades 3-5

    Reluctant Reader Rescue*

    Bridgid Cooper/IHS/grades 9-12

    *In partnership with ICSD

    Teacher Grants

    Music for Unity and Social Change

    Ahrayna Zakos/BJM/grades K-5


    All in a Day

    Priscilla Reyer with Lisa Tsetse Teaching Artist /BJM/ grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1 and 4


    A Night at the Museum

    Cara Salibrici/Boynton/grade 6

    Hatchet Overnight With Primitive Pursuits

    Todd Crawford/Boynton/grade 6

    Breaching Social Barriers with Merengue

    Sharon Nelson and Jeannette Palmer/Boynton/grades 6-8

    Radio Dramas – Stories for the Ear

    Angela Levy/Cayuga Heights/grade 5

    Can we Talk, Rap, or Sing?: Building bridges between refugees/immigrants and American-born students

    Theresa Souchet/DeWitt/grade 8

    Music For Unity and Social Change

    Caitlin Bram/Fall Creek/grades K-5

    Biotechnology & Inquiry in the High School Setting

    Arti Jewett/IHS/various grades

    Human Rights- what are they and why do they matter?

    Claudia Miettunen/IHS/grades 9-12

    Up Close with Animals

    Allison Andersen, Abigail Bokaer/Fall Creek, K.

  • Round 2


  • Round 3


  • Charles W. (Chuck) Brodhead, a founding board member of IPEI who continued active participation until his death in 2011, made a bequest that now funds two Red and Gold Grants each school year. Grants selected to be designated in his memory exemplify the creative ways Red and Gold Grants can strengthen and enrich the ICSD curriculum, have a positive impact on students, and actively engage learners.

    A retired teacher has made a gift to IPEI designated for “Grants”. She wants to facilitate additional creative integration of music into elementary curricula. In 2016-17, IPEI can fund one Teacher Grant, totaling up to $1,500; and two Red and Gold Grants up to $500 each, for projects that do this. Examples include students composing songs related to subject matter, use of instruments, creating instruments from found objects, and writing poetry to music.

    A local financial institution has made a similar commitment to funding that encourages grants to encourage secondary school teachers to use Teacher Grants and/or Red and Gold Grants to integrate financial skills education into the curricula. Examples include developing innovative ways to increase student awareness of personal finance, of finance and economics as careers, and of entrepreneurship.