Highlighted Grants: 2021-2022
- Team building activity for administrators;
- HoH spirit wear for administrators;
- Ice Skating for the students of HASP to deepen their sense of community and belonging;
- DJs for the FMS socials;
- Streaming for the HS One Acts;
- Streaming for the FMS One Acts;
- African dance performance and demonstration for FMS students;
- A teaching artist to work with students to create a new composition for 4th graders to sing at their moving up ceremony;
- Author Marc Tyler Nobleman’s presentation “Heroes without Capes” at Hillside
- PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) “prizes” for FMS
- Buses for 6th graders to Boundless Adventure and 4th graders to their pool party in Dobbs Ferry
Highlighted Grants: 2020-2021
- Spanish Novels for Levels 4H and 5H
- Science Whiteboards
- Bell covers for music instruments
- Molecular Model Kits
- Big Life Journals
- Onyx Book Note 3E Reader
- Onyx Math Software
- Inclusion Working Group purchased racial equity themed books for classrooms that were requested by HHS teachers
- Out of Rushmore’s Shadow Virtual Video
- Virtual Anthropology
- Teacher Training
- Dr. Price-Dennis of Teachers College provided professional development to enhance teachers’ culturally responsive teaching practices
- Parent Education
- Participated in Rivertowns Parents, a consortium of Rivertowns PTSAs with the mission of promoting and fostering communication in the Rivertowns among parents, students, and schools and to provide educational resources to our communities.
- Inclusion Working Group contributed funding to Hastings RISE online workshops on racism and racial equity
- Silent in Volume Anti-Racism Signs
- Contributed to Senior Prom
- HASP T-shirts
- Hastings Masks for All District Employees
- Photographers for 4th and 8th grade graduations
- Inclusion Working Group Partnered with Race Matters on the Multicultural Book Fair
- Virtual Tour of Brooklyn Graffiti Art and Workshop
- Zoom composer in residence and original composition for HS band and orchestra
- Brazilian Dance Assembly
- Outdoor Classroom Furniture including tables, chairs, storage sheds, portable white boards
- Outdoor Cafeteria including outdoor picnic tables, barriers, and canopies
- Golf Equipment for PE Classes
- Smart Music Web Subscription
- Air Purifiers for Classrooms
Highlighted Grants: 2019-2020:
Line Dancing at FMS; 5th grade Liberty Science Center field trip, class visits and Professional Development; Arch 4 Kids – enriching the study of social studies through architecture (grade 4); Sweethearts and Heroes – program to encourage kindness and discourage bullying (Hillside); Ajna Indian Dance Arts Education Program (Hillside), David Coffin – music from King’s Court – Paleolithic, Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary version of woodwind instruments (2nd grade); Salsa Dancing Residency (FMS 2020), Caramoor String Quartet (HHS 2020), Current Events with Claudia Heitler (Hillside),”Out of Rushmore’s Shadow” (2nd grade – done virtually) and Sewing with Seniors. Funded the Hillside Outdoor Classroom and the FMS playground, going forward into 2020/2021. Yearly, we fund the buses for each grade to have at least one field trip, the bird feeders at Hillside, the nature program at Hillside, and one big “ask” per school. In addition, we funded music trips, Broadway trips, a composer in residence, the Academic Field Day/Olympics and author visits that were unfortunately cancelled. We look forward to funding those programs in the future.
Teacher Training Grants
Partner with SEPTA to send multiple teachers to professional development courses run by the Windward School.
Student Run Activities Grants:
Be Yourself Club.
Parent Education Grants
Provided refreshments (along with SEPTA) for Family University (workshops for parents and HHS students); Parent screening of “The First Day” with filmmaker and addiction experts; and Inclusion Working Group (supports district and community initiatives that highlight, explore, and illuminate issues of diversity, inclusion, oppression and resilience) operating and events budget. The Inclusion Working Group funded the RISE parent workshops of 7/20.
Back-to-School Breakfast; Newcomers Dinner; Incoming Kindergarten Picnic; Staff Appreciation Lunches; Gifts for retiring teachers; FMS Socials – DJs, motivators and decorations; Compostable party supplies for Hillside (parent-driven); 3D Printer for Hillside, used by Hillside teacher to make PPE for first responders.
Highlighted Grants: 2018-2019:
Highlighted Grants: 2017-2018:
The Physics Bus – A mobile exhibition parked at the schools from Sept. 18 to 20 with more than two dozen science exhibits. It was a huge hit with the third-to-sixth-grade stu- dents from Hillside and FMS who participated. The Physics Bus was made possible through a PTSA grant, one of many special events held during the school year thanks to your contributions.
Sing Us A Song – At Hillside we funded Sing Us A Song a Song for the 4th grade: Sing Us a Song has created a musical portrait of colonial times in NY for our students. They will learn how colonists lived, their forms of entertainment, their musical instruments, songs, hymns, anthems, and stories.
Pocket Lab – At Hillside, we funded a PocketLab that will be used for physical science, weather and climate studies, and engineering projects.
Family Diversity Project – he new exhibit for the Family Diversity Project at FMS is entitled “Building Bridges: Portraits of Immigrants and Refugees.”
Bash the Trash – We have funded an assembly for Hillside to promote recycling, reducing, and reusing trash in our community.
Flexible seating for two 4th grade classes – Recent research shows that the ability to move in an environment enhances learning, concentration, and attentiveness. Two 4th grade teachers asked for funding of NeoRok stools, Bungee chairs, and balance ball chairs. The PTSA gave them the funding they were looking for.
Highlighted Grants: 2016-2017:
Multicultural Book Fair – Showcasing books and authors to explore multicultural issues (district-wide)
Black History Month Inventors and Achievers Exhibit (district-wide)
David Coffin See Chanty Assembly – Learning about maritime traditions through song (Hillside)
Soul Steps Assembly – Learning about step dance through interactive performance, as part of Black History Month (Hillside)
All Kinds of Families – Photo Gallery and discussion points for exploring diverse families (FMS)
Community Service Club – Supporting the new after school club to provide opportunities for students to perform community service (FMS)
Screenagers – Screening of this documentary, which explores how technology impacts kid’s development and the challenges of parenting in the digital world (district wide)
Gettysburg Trunk – Learning about American history through artifacts (FMS)
Arch4Kids – Building a model of colonial NYC and learning about its history and applying concepts in engineering and architecture (Hillside)
Ozobots – Supporting MakerSpace, programming and coding activities (Hillside)
Birds of North America – Supplying our birdfeeders at Hillside, teaching students to identify birds
Grow With It – Applying math and science concepts through growing plants (FMS)
Internet Safety – Hosting a speaker to discuss Internet safety and awareness (FMS)
Academic Challenge Team and Quiz Bowl – New buzzer systems (HHS and Community)
Dear Evan Hansen – HASP field trip (HHS)
Academic Field Day – Luncheon (HHS)
PTSA Grants 2023-2024 Information and Application
Each year the PTSA is pleased to provide grants for projects that enrich the school experiences of our students. The projects typically supplement the curriculum by providing materials or resources not covered in the school budget. Whenever possible we ask that any outside artist or provider register with the BOCES program.
What kinds of grants are there?
- Enrichment Grants are intended to help enrich the curriculum by trying something different, exposing students to outside presentations, or purchasing new materials or equipment. Last year these grants ran from about $180 to $3000.
- Cultural Arts Grants support hands-on workshops, artist residencies or assemblies in fine arts, music, dance, drama and creative writing, and generally benefit a large group of students. They are usually fewer in number and larger in amount than enrichment grants, and run from about $500 to $5000. Cultural Arts Grants are reviewed by a joint School District – PTSA Grant Committee.
The link below includes additional information and the PTSA Grant Application.
How do I apply?
Follow the button above to complete the PTSA Grant Application Form. Please email your completed forms to our Grants Officer Melissa Sbrega. Please do NOT place this application in the PTSA mailbox in the school office. All Cultural Arts grants “cc’d” to Maureen Caraballo at CaraballoM@hohschoools.org.
You will receive an email confirmation when we receive your grant application.