Our Opportunities 

 

 

The Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation is proud to sponsor the following programs

 

Innovation Grant
We are excited to announce the Innovation Grant sponsored by Columbia Credit Union. The Innovation Grant is a new program launching in 2018. It was created to honor our first board president and long serving member Paul Lewis. The RPSF will grant two $5,000 grants to a school, or school program in the Ridgefield School District. The purpose of the Innovation Grant is to fuel innovation in the classroom by incorporating new, creative, original, or out-of-the-box programs in schools and classrooms, which the school district is not able to support.

RPSF Impact Grants
The purpose of our 2018-19 grants is to help fund projects and initiatives related to each school’s School Improvement Plan. Grants are not intended to replace normal school budget funding. The Foundation is committed to enhancing and enriching the education experience of all students. We seek to fund grants that support student inquiry and critical thinking and support initiatives to improve student learning. Congratulations to our 2017 Grant Recipients!     

Classroom Supply Grants
Our Classroom Supply Grants provide each Ridgefield School District teacher with the opportunity to apply for a Foundation grant of up to $100. This grant opportunity is made possible by a generous donation by the Laspa Family.  Grant funds are used for classroom supplies and materials the benefit students.  Stay tuned for more details about grant distribution for the 2018-19 school year.  

 

Tanner Trosko Music Scholarship
Any child who has musical potential deserves the opportunity to nurture this talent to its full extent. Many children lack the chance to receive music lessons due to financial need. The Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation wants to help alleviate this financial barrier for families and students so they can reach their full musical potential.  

Thanks to a generous donation, the RPSF is now proud to offer the Tanner Trosko Music Scholarship. In honor of Tanner's legacy, this need-based scholarship is open to students enrolled in Ridgefield School District (K-12) to cover the cost of individual or group music lessons and instrument rental (if required for lessons) through Ridgefield Community Education or Opus School of Music.  

Student Scholarships
The Foundation has partnered with the Ridgefield High School Alumni to offer scholarships up to $500 to Ridgefield High School students continuing their education beyond high school. Scholarships are available to students who have overcome a challenge during their high school years and have a plan to further their education. Scholarship applications are given to students who are nominated by RHS teachers and counselors. Scholarship awards are announced at the June graduation breakfast.

Congratulations to the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation/RHS Alumni 2017 scholarship recipients. We had a record number of applicants and awards given including:

  • Karas Aichele
  • Mason Baker
  • Helena Bockstadter
  • Billy Griffith
  • Silas Griffith
  • Caitlin May
  • Tamarick Mendoza
  • Kevin Miser
  • Micah Skov
  • Kately Tester

Comments from past mini grant recipients:

This year the dictionaries have been in use daily in all English classrooms. Every morning we are all doing grammar and vocabulary practice. It would be safe to say that almost every new seventh-grader has already used the new dictionaries.
During certain concepts, I take students to the library where they complete an investigation using the [new] software. In fact, I just used the lab with the calculus students today. As the year progresses, I will be utilizing the software as often as possible.
 
Perhaps the best part of this whole experience, was getting to see kids who swore they hated reading change their minds. Also, my HSPE reading scores went up as well!
We used our funds to purchase a laser that we used last spring in our Physical Science light unit. We used the laser for light demonstrations including reflection showing incident and reflected angles.