Fall Grant Cycle deadline is November 30th

Our Fall Grant Cycle deadline is coming up fast!  We’ve made the grant application process simple and streamlined, and this is a great opportunity for educators to help fund projects for students in the Trumansburg School District.

Proposals are due November 30 and will be awarded in December. The Foundation will consider proposals for funds supporting innovative programming or projects directly involving and benefiting students in the Trumansburg School District.  Proposals may come from teachers in the district as well as from other not for profit organizations serving the children of the district, such as the library, museum, etc.  Our aim is to make possible projects which cannot be supported by the school budget or by the budgets of other organizations. See examples of past grant awards: grants generally range from $200 to $1,000.

How to Apply

You may download the grant application, or pick one up in the Trumansburg School building offices. Foundation information and news is also on Facebook .

Fall 2014 Grant Recipients Announced

The TCSD Foundation Board approved the following awards for the Fall 2014 Grant cycle:

$199 to the Trumansburg Afterschool Program for the purchase of durable science  (plant and animal) specimens to promote the powers of observation for 30-35 K-2 children.

$500 to the Trumansburg ES/MS Robotics Team to purchase an FLL Robot EV3 kit, the basic, primary component needed to compete in the coming year’s FIRST Lego League Challenge, and will also be reused in future competitions.

Up to $350 to the Middle School Library to purchase paint and supplies for a student-designed mural outside the MS library, in a collaborative project with the Art Department. Approximately 30- students (grades 5-8) are anticipated to participate in the mural painting.

$1,500 to the Library to support the creation of a MakerSpace in the library. MakerSpaces feature collections of materials that enable students to take on projects that foster individual learning and experimentation. Funds will be  used to purchase materials that would allow students to explore basic electronics, as well as a collection of tools and supplies for basic crafting and woodworking.

$1,000 to the Trumansburg High School to support the Floating Classroom, a longtime ecology field trip.

$2,000 to the Trumansburg High School Robotics Team, the Robot Raiders. Funds will be used to build a training robot to prepare the team for the 2014-2015 competitive season.

Announcing the Trumansburg Troubadour!

We are pleased to announce the first edition of the Trumansburg Troubadour, a student-run newsletter of the TCSD Foundation. The Trumansburg Troubadour is designed to bring important information to our community while giving all students an opportunity to learn about journalism and our community.  Special thanks go to Ms. Jane George, High School English Teacher, for giving her time and guidance to the students as the teacher of this Independent Study.  We also thank Mr. Mike McGuire, Superintendent and Mr. Jon Koeng, High School Principal, for their enthusiasm and support of this initiative.  Enjoy!

Help Needed: Seeds of Change Grant Proposal

We need to gather daily votes for this grant proposal from April 1 – April 21 to qualify for this grant. Our proposal needs to receive enough votes to be in the top 50 in terms of total number of votes to be considered. We applied yesterday and if we can get hundreds to vote daily we may make it to the second round. There will be 15 award recipients of $10,000 and 2 of $20,000. This would be a tremendous boost to FIE and our garden program.

Go Here to Vote: http://goo.gl/uLyiZc
Vote every day until April 21!

More Info
See http://www.seedsofchangegrant.com/ for more information

TCSD Foundation Donor Event: Art Auction Fundraiser

Updated April 15, 2014
Read the Trumansburg Free Press coverage of this event:
Student Art Auction Supports Foundation


Thank you for your recent support of our fundraising efforts.

This year our Spring Donor Event is being combined with one of our most successful programs ~ Youth Art Month Art Show and Auction!  Please join us for our Art Auction at the Youth Art Month Final Show.

For the past few years, with your support, we have awarded grants to our art teachers for Youth Art Month, a month long series of workshops for students of all grades with local artists, culminating in an Art Show on March 27th. The student artwork created during these programs over the past few years has been truly incredible.

This year some of our students have donated their artwork to be auctioned off for charity. All proceeds of the art auction will be donated to the TCSD Foundation.

This event is being held in lieu of our annual donor event for 2014.

Please join us as our special guest and see first hand the value of this very special program made possible with your generous support.

Thursday, March 27th
Charles O. Dickerson High School Cafeteria
6pm – 8pm
(Auction starts approx. 7pm)
refreshments will be served

2013 Fall Grant Recipients Announced

Youth Art Month

A Youth Art Month will be celebrated in March 2014 across the Trumansburg Central School District to engage all students K-12 in activities and workshops. Artist workshops will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.  High school students will create short informational movies using iPads about famous artists and their work. March ART Madness will involve students actively listening to and seeing artwork by famous artists, including via informational movies, and voting on their favorite, with a single artist winning and advancing until a single artist remains, representing the district winner. TCSD Foundation funds will be used to support activities and workshop for the month of March.

TASP Labyrinth Challenge

The Trumansburg Afterschool Program (Middle School) will receive funds to purchase two Labyrinth Balance boards to support an ongoing Labyrinth Challenge. Balance Boards encourage students to improve their balance and coordination, and increase their ability to concentrate when competing with each other.

Trumansburg Robot Raiders

The brand new High School Robotics Team will receive funds from the TCSD Foundation to support its rookie year, including registration for the season’s regional competition and materials and tools required to build a competitive robot. The competition – the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is “The Varsity Sport for the Mind.” FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get.

Ulysses Philomathic Library Afterschool Activities

Funds will support What Teens Want, a series of afterschool activities to be hosted at the Ulysses Philomathic Library. Based on a survey of local teens, the library will provide the supervision, space, and promotion for activities such as movie making, knitting, writing, book discussions, community service, cooking, photography, drawing and anime. The series will be launched with a Dungeons and Dragons program.


TCSD Foundation funds will support a collaboration between the Russell Doig Middle School and the Ithaca Concert Band. Middle school students will sit side-by-side with Ithaca Concert Band members, enhancing their music education and inspiring them to continue with their instruments after graduation. The mentorship project will culminate in a concert on March 2, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.