Red and Gold Grants (Round 2) Bring Wellness, Art, Math and More

November 26, 2015
photo-1The Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI)’s first round of Red and Gold Grants this year includes awards to Ithaca City School District (ICSD) teachers for exploring a range of programs connecting community and curricula—from yoga and engineering to local farming and languages.  
“We were very pleased to receive so many proposals showing innovative and engaging project-based learning,” said Joyce Putnam, chair of IPEI’s Red and Gold Grants Committee. “This first round of one-time grants included awards to 21 projects totaling $9,555. These funds will assist with programs in five elementary schools, two middle schools and Ithaca High School.”
Red and Gold Grants are one-time awards of up to $500 for projects that enrich learning in the ICSD. The deadline for the second round is Dec. 7. 
“Distributing grants to Ithaca’s teachers is at the heart of IPEI’s work on behalf of our community,” said IPEI President Matt Braun. “These funds, which are generously donated by our wonderful supporters, are applied directly to enhancing the learning experiences for students throughout the district. We are proud that our Red and Gold grants help spark learning for students in the ICSD through this important investment in our teachers and their curricula.”
Caroline Elementary School teacher Anna Chapman was awarded a Red and Gold Grant that helped her bring the outdoor education program Primitive Pursuits to Caroline’s Extended Day program, which is offered to students in need of academic reinforcement. “As the lead teacher, I have worked to incorporate a variety of enrichment activities that give students hands-on experiences with science, cooking, art, and the outdoors,” Chapman said. “Since we have such an amazing wilderness campus at our school, within the first week, I saw a huge impact on the kids. They were excited to stay after school!  One fifth grader was ‘caught’ on camera showing his kindergarten buddy where to find a rabbit den on the trail.”
“I have been awarded grants through IPEI in the past and know firsthand how much their support directly impacts the lives of students,” Chapman added. “My hope is that the interdisciplinary nature of our approach during Extended Day instruction will be an unprecedented opportunity for this target population of Caroline students.” 
Maureen Gilroy, a third-grade teacher at Enfield Elementary, received a grant to bring the local Beauty and the Beast Storytellers to her school this year. “As soon as I heard about their residency program, I knew I had to find a way to raise money so that they could do the program with our third graders,” she said. “I thought of IPEI right away because they are so interested in giving opportunities to open our students’ worlds to enriching experiences.”
IPEI is a not-for-profit organization that connects the Ithaca City School District and the community through collaboration, engagement, gifts and grants. For more information, see or contact 256-IPEI (4734) or
Red and Gold Grant Recipients, Round 1 2015-16
Art then Yoga
Marie C. Vitucci and Stiller Zusman with Melissa Enns/Beverly J. Martin
Boynton 7th Grade Cornell Visit
Patricia Schaup/Boynton
Caroline Wildlife Monitoring and Data Collection Project.
Debra Ward/Caroline
All About Me Case Study
Daphne Shululu/Caroline
Extended Day Enrichment with Primitive Pursuits
Anna Chapman/Caroline
Third Grade Service Learning, Adopt-the-Garden Case Study
Rebecca Schillenback with Mike Cecere and Mary Grover/Caroline
Innovative Physical Education Teaching Curriculum Alignment and Improvement Initiative
Samuel Trechter/Caroline and Belle Sherman
Flaming Fries Service Learning Project: Physical Activity During Challenging Weather
Emma Loiacono, Owen Loiacono, Miles Ackerman, Owen Rhudy, Liala Cryer, Owen Beigel, Liam Hansen with Amy Seldin Murphy, Lauren Loiacono, and Dr. Brown/Caroline and DeWitt
Ithaca is Gorges
Sarah Locke-Mountin/Cayuga Heights
Tweens on the Town, Lindseth Cimbing Wall
Eric Pritz/DeWitt
Global Village – Art in the Park Installation
Gerry Monaghan with Penny Boynton/DeWitt
Learning Economics and Empathy with a School Store
Joanna Brautigam/Enfield
Beauty and the Beast Residency
Maureen Gilroy/Enfield
Fall Creek Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom Partnership
Sarah Cummings with Susan Phillips/Fall Creek
Encouraging Independent Math Centers Through Game Based Activities: First Grade Math Games and Manipulatives Library
Caty Hart/Fall Creek
Enabling All Students to Inquire, Code and Create
Alexandra Spencer/Fall Creek
J’ai faim! La cuisine française
Janet Abowd/Ithaca High
Print as Language
Kari Krakow/Ithaca High
Ithaca High School’s Fashion Show: Featuring High School Designers
Sandra Stromswold with Gina Cacioppo/Ithaca High
AP Psychology Field Trips to Cornell and Enrichment Activities
Sara Shenk/Ithaca High
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