Huntington Foundation and district officials

Huntington Foundation Donates $50K for Grants

Huntington Foundation and district officials at the check presentation.

June 20, 2017

The Huntington Foundation has donated more than $50,000 to the Huntington School District to fund eight Star grants sought by faculty members for innovative projects in several buildings.

Trustees accepted the donation during a public meeting earlier this month in the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School auditorium. Huntington Foundation President Alice Marie Rorke was on hand for the presentation along with several of the organization’s officials and representatives from its youth board.

“The Huntington Foundation has once again worked incredibly hard to support a broad range of initiatives and programs proposed by staff members from across the district,” Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “We are beyond grateful for the partnership, as it continues to make possible terrific things that would otherwise be cost prohibitive.”

The eight grants will cover the following initiatives:

• J. Taylor Finley Middle School;
Ukulele Enrichment Club
Applicant: Teacher Frank Battista

A grant in the amount of $2,561.53 will be utilized to acquire various pieces of equipment, including a portable public address system, microphones and new ukuleles to allow the club to continue growing and possibly expand to the high school. The group has grown to more than 50 members over the past three years. It performs both in and out of district.

• Huntington High School;
Sound equipment for performing arts and auditorium events
Applicant: Department Director Eric Reynolds

A grant in the amount of $16,718.95 will fund the replacement of the sound board and provide for the replacement of a variety of types of additional microphones. The microphones will be housed in a movable cart and will also be available for use at J. Taylor Finley Middle School. “This will bring performance sound standards up to meet the needs of not only the arts, but all events that take place in the high school auditorium,” according to the grant application.

Woodhull Intermediate School;
Reading center for new System 44
Applicant: Teacher Hildi Stanford

Ms. Stanford has been trained to teach the System 44 reading program, “which helps students to master foundational reading skills in compliance with new standards,” according to the grant application. A grant in the amount of $1,149.33 will cover the purchase of individualized reading activities as well as a “nook” for students participating in the program. The grant monies will fund the acquisition of supplies needed to fully implement the initiative.

• Huntington High School;
Stereoscopes for 3D investigations in science
Applicant: Teacher Gina Carone

A grant in the amount of $8,173.20 will fund the purchase of 60 stereo microscopes to be used in four science classrooms. Each unit utilizes 3D magnification technology and supports inquiry based learning. The equipment will be used in numerous courses.

• Huntington High School;
Advanced Placement Capstone class technology
Teacher: Dianna Molenko

A grant in the amount of $1,009.35 will fund the purchase of a camcorder and related supplies necessary to film students. “The students must have presentations videoed and submitted to the College Board for grading,” according to the grant application. “This will allow students to have practice sessions prior to final filming.”

• Huntington High School;
Attire for choir members
Teacher: Veronica Mainville

A grant in the amount of $2,116.08 will allow for the acquisition of 115 new choir robes.

• Jefferson Primary School:
Habitat for Learning outdoor classroom
Applicant: Dr. Karen Mallen-Ozimkowski

A grant in the amount of $9,404.60 will allow for the creation of a Habitat for Learning outdoor classroom. “This outdoor approach to learning supports not only the sciences, but also affords students a stress reducing environment and an ability to increase their social-emotional skills,” according to the grant application. The grant will support acquisition of a reading bench, picnic table, yoga mats and a speaker system.

• J. Taylor Finley Middle School;
Sound equipment for performing arts and events in the large group instruction room/auditorium
Teacher: Gina Trigian-Molvaut
A grant in the amount of $9,127.13 will allow for the replacement of the sound board and speakers in the large group instruction room/auditorium. Microphones will be shared with Huntington High School as needed. The new equipment will improve the sound throughout the facility.