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Community Grants

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Fall Newsletter this year is dedicated to the different grant and pilot program opportunities provided by our community. The articles below show how a wonderful variety of New Providence Educational Foundation, PTSA, PTA, and PTO grants along with the Music Boosters and external grant programs are used to enhance the educational program here in New Providence. A big thank you to everyone involved in this effort.

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The New Providence Education Foundation fosters successful partnerships between our schools and the community with the goal of enriching the educational process in the schools and supporting new and innovative programs that are otherwise not funded through traditional sources.

From eight grants worth approximately $20,000 in 2004 to twenty-nine grants worth over $75,000 in 2019, the NPEF funding has been an invaluable resource in the drive towards innovative teaching and the district's efforts to create the best educational environment for all students.

For example, the image below shows a number of the coding tools purchased through NPEF grants and used to enhance the progression of K-12 computation thinking and coding skills, and the 3 videos under the image show how some of these tools are presently being used in the STEM classrooms.

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Third Grade Students Coding The Root Robots

In third grade, students collaborate with block coding to complete a series of tasks with the Root Robot. Students can use freestyle or learning mode to address a number of challenges that build in complexity through a number of stages and levels.
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Middle School Robotics Mod using the VEX Robots

The K-6 program exposes students to a number of different coding platforms so the Middle School Robotics mod is constantly evolving to address the changing students' needs. This year students design, create and code VEX robots to compete in game-based engineering challenges that emphasize lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, and communications.
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High School Students Code Self Driving Cars

In High School, Physics students create algorithms that determine the car's motion and use motion sensors and Vernier software to collect and analyze positional and velocity data. The equipment used is a combination of a number of NPEF grants awarded over the last five years.
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Thank you to all the NPEF members over the years for their wonderful fundraising efforts.


The AWR PTA provides mini-grants of up to $500 for teachers who are looking to innovate or provide additional services in their classrooms. Over the last two years, they have awarded over 40 of these mini-grants to help the educational process.

The sections below highlight three particular mini-grants.

Survivors Speak Holocaust Program

The Survivors Speak program is used in collaboration with the 5th grade Language Arts Tolerance Unit. The program allows students to interact with two Holocaust eyewitnesses (survivors, liberators, POWs), and a moderator, to discuss the Holocaust through a presentation and 'Q and A' session. This provides students with the opportunity to experience history through a primary source and helps students develop an authentic connection to their learning.

Differentiated Furniture

After observing that different students learn better with different kinds of seating, the 3rd-grade teachers have set up classrooms with a choice of seating that allows students to sit on cushions, round sensory balls, or sensory stools to help with focus and attention.

AWR Music Room Mural Grant

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Flexible Seating and Sensory Supports

The PTA at Salt Brook provides funding for a variety of large projects and this year provided extensive funding for an array of flexible seating and classroom sensory tools to be integrated into the mainstream and self-contained classrooms.
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The objective behind the grant is to create a friendly learning environment that addresses the sensory support needs of all students and, by including these for all students, decreasing the social stigma of one child needing something different than another.

By creating a more sensory-friendly classroom, elementary classrooms are transforming our current settings into one of greater inclusion, acceptance, and differentiation for all.

In addition, the PTA has also recently provided major funding for classroom fans, courtyard improvements and landscaping, and library renovations, all with a view to providing the best possible learning environment for the students.
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Courtyard Renovation

The Middle School PTO, working together with the NPEF, funded the first phase of the Middle School Courtyard renovation making it completely handicap accessible with a new ramp, pavers and edging, as well as installing posts for shade sails. Flexible seating was provided by an NPEF grant. The objective behind the program is to create a wonderful outdoor space that teachers can utilize for their classes and for students' relaxation.

Phase Two will include the addition of a gazebo, stadium seating and landscaping. We hope it will one day be a showpiece that all students and staff can enjoy and be proud of!

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In addition, the PTO has provided grants for assembly and Character Education programs. Recently 7th-grade students were involved in an assembly entitled 'Being a Teen in the Social Media Age: Tips for Staying Happy and Safe.' which integrates well with the Character Education and Health Curriculum and 'You Don't Know Me Until You Know Me' a presentation by Mykee Fowlin that challenges the audience to reexamine core precepts taught from an early age.

Interior Courtyard and Senior Legacy Garden Project

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The NPHS PTSA has recently provided funds for two courtyard projects.

A. Interior Courtyard Renovation

The first phase of the interior courtyard renovation was completed this summer and included resurfacing the existing patio, adding two new patios areas, creating handicap accessibility, updating the landscaping and installing a pergola donated by the Fraehmke family. The photo above shows seniors using equipment purchased from a NPEF grant to measure the effect of UVA and UVB rays in their unit on Skin Cancer.

B. Senior Legacy Garden Project

The Senior Legacy Garden Project is an ongoing, multiyear event involving the Senior AP Japanese Language Class and Woodworking Club.

The grant provides for the upkeep of a Japanese-style garden in the high school's East Courtyard and the opportunity for each graduating class to create a torii gate painted with “NPHS” and their graduating class year in Japanese. Each class's gate is displayed alongside the outside classroom fashioned in the format of a zen, or dry landscaping, garden.

Music Boosters

In addition to the above community groups, the New Providence Music Boosters, first formed in 1991, has for decades been providing additional funding to the district's Music and Performing Arts program. The funds have been used in a number of different ways including
  • Artist in Residence; Internships
  • Special Performance Funding
  • Scholarships
  • Supplemental Classroom Materials and
  • Other Musical Educational Opportunities (like performing opportunities and competitions)

Art Mini-Grants

Through the use of mini-grants, the Art Department has been able to enter students into the Scholastic Art competition and participate in the Memory Project.

The Scholastic Art competition is a national competition and in the last five years New Providence has earned numerous gold and silver keys at the regional level and three national winners.

The Memory Project pairs art students with orphans from other countries; the artists receive a photo of each child, paint a portrait based on the photo, and send the portrait to the child. In the past few years, the district's artists have collaborated with children from Myanmar, the Philippines, and Colombia.

Athletic Booster Club

The Athletic Booster Club (ABC) supports the athletic programs student-athletes and the promotion of athletic events through all the grades. All funds go directly back to the athletic programs, including sponsoring the Fall, Winter, and Spring Award Nights, scholarships, the Senior banquet, and the coaches' wish list program.

This year, the Booster Club has paid for:
  • Signage around the new Lieder Field
  • Safety equipment and training materials for the Athletic Trainer’s office
  • Additional equipment for many teams

In addition, the ABS recently founded the Student Booster Club, a service organization, to advance the traditions and spirit of NPHS Athletics and provide our current students with an avenue for learning leadership, business, and team-building skills.

And lastly....a National Pilot Program

The K-6 STEM teachers are part of a grant initiative from the Boston Museum of Science’s Engineering is Elementary program. Third-grade STEM class at Salt Brook had the opportunity to participate in a Computer Science pilot for the Boston Museum of Science’s Engineering is Elementary program.

This pilot program is designed to follow the engineering unit on magnetism and maglev trains with students being tasked to use Micro:bits to create a traffic system for their maglev trains. In addition, as they became more comfortable with the Micro:bit functioning, students design their own automated system to make their own homes more efficient, comfortable, and safe.