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June 2016 TCSD Foundation Grant Awards

Classroots: A Farm-to-School Experience

Melissa Bryant, Hope Lewis. Gail Brisson, $1,500
Classroots plans to connect local farmers, chefs, small-scale food producers, and researchers with the school community to promote nutrition, an awareness of local food production & culture, and to begin to establish relationships that could lead to internship & employment opportunities for high school students and graduates. Classroots will be a campus-wide celebration Friday, October 7, and will include art and music students. Chefs, farmers, and local food producers (including students who are beekeepers or who garden, raise animals, and cook) will lead demonstrations and activities.

Hoophouse Fiesta: Growing Salsa & Sustainability

Melissa Bryant, Gail Brisson, Alan Vogel, $750
Hoophouse Fiesta plans to establish an on-campus garden and hoop house so that TCSD Middle School students can grow greens, tomatoes, hot peppers, and herbs. Students will then use these ingredients to make salsa and other products that can be sold to staff. This project will invite local experts to share their knowledge with students about plant science, hydroponic gardens, sustainable agriculture, plant-breeding, and the basics of planting and growing. TCSD STEM students will be mentored through the design and construction of the hoop house.

Active Afterschool

Ulysses Philomathic Library, $250
Active Afterschool will support the library’s very active afternoons at the library program with the addition of new games for students. Many students hang out at the library between three and five in the afternoon, more resources are needed to help them occupy those two hours in a way that engages them in recreation and learning, and allows other library patrons to continue working in an environment that meets their expectations. Upper elementary and middle School students are the primary target for these resources.

“School of Fish” Student Mosaic Mural, Part 2

$1,200
This award will finish the installation of a K-12 collaborative mosaic mural with the help of local artist, Denise Milito. Engaging and actively involving the entire school in its design and creation, this 9’ x 15’ mosaic mural will be permanently installed on the exterior wall of the high school gym foyer. All k-12th grade students made their own individual tile for the mosaic at various times throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Makerspace for Teens at the Ulysses Philomathic Library

MakerspaceTeens in our community have identified hands-on, relevant, creative programming, as one of their main interest areas. TCSDF is happy to be one of the supporters of the Trumansburg’s Ulysses Philomathic Library’s response of creating a makerspace program! This program provides teens with the opportunity to create and to learn from each other.  Typically, a makerspace provides tools and space in a community environment where people gather, create, build, invent and learn. The library’s mobile makerspace includes a 3-D printer, a resource collection of makerspace themed books, and various electronic, mechanical, and textile tools-along with a cabinet for storing and transporting everything to the teen area or to the Melvin Community room for programming. These resources will give teens a wide range of options to explore their interests and acquire new skills under the leadership of Youth Services Librarian Ksana Broadwell.

Though our our teacher grants TCSDF was able to provided financial support of this program, which went directly to consumable supplies for the program.  You can check out the new makerspace and learn more about the program at “Makers Night” on November 24th from 6-8 pm at the library. This program for middle school, high school, and home school students will provice a time to make and create using the Makerspace. This great toolkit  includes materials for crafting, electronics, building, and more!

Check out the Monthly Maker’s Night Facebook event for more details!

Trumansburg Troubadour In Its Third Year

We are very excited about the continued progress of The Trumansburg Troubadour!  This Fall we are fortunate to have Amanda Livingston, a junior Writing major at Ithaca College working with students from all three schools.  Read below her recent update on the Troubadour and join us in welcoming her to the TCSD Community!

amanda_livingstonThe Trumansburg Troubadour editorial staff has made great strides in producing a Fall 2015 issue. The editorial staff is led by Amanda Livingston, a junior Writing major at Ithaca College, and advised by Molly Buck, an active leading member of the TCSD foundation. The staff of eight students, who meet weekly and contribute virtually, have been brainstorming article ideas on events occurring in the Trumansburg School District and community. They’ve also been talking about how best to go about writing articles, writing articles based off of these ideas, going over the editing process and the Associated Press Style (the writing style and form used primarily by news and media outlets), the different types of feature writing, and skills needed to write feature articles, among many other things. Final drafts are due December 2nd, and the first issue is expected to come out Monday, December 7th 2015. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, please send an e-mail to trumansburgtroubadour@gmail.com.

TCSDF Teacher Grant in Action!

This middle school class is the hotspot for a student-prepared and publicized gourmet, nutritious, locally-sourced lunch weekly — if you are lucky enough to get a spot!

Melissa Bryant designed the project. With contributions from local farmers, beekeepers, etc. and a ‘start-up’ teacher grant from the TCSD Foundation, she has worked with students to develop enthusiasm for interesting, nutritious foods. We hear that the program is being enthusiastically received by students! Continue reading TCSDF Teacher Grant in Action!

Dine and Donate!

Celebrate Homecoming Weekend and support TCSDF by dining at one of the restaurants participating in Dine and Donate! Print this coupon and present it when you dine (9/18-9/20) and 10% of your bill will be donated to TCSDF.

Thanks to Ron Don’s, Silverline Tap Room, The Rongo, Good to Go, Glenwood Pines and Wrap it Up for their support of our work to provide unique educational opportunities for Trumansburg students!

Dine and Donate Today! Print this coupon

Alumni Reception at Atlas Bowl

Calling All Trumansburg Alumni!

Alumni from ALL Trumansburg CSD classes are invited to attend an Alumni Reception at Atlas Bowl from 4-6pm on September 18. Appetizers and FUN will be provided!

This event will be hosted by the TCSD Foundation and the Tburg Alumni Association to celebrate our alumni community. Come kick off Homecoming/Alumni Weekend at Atlas and mingle, snack, bowl or just learn how to “stay in the loop” with fellow alumni. We want to see you there!

2015 Award for Community Service

The TCSD Foundation was organized in 2006 with a mission to enhance the education of students in our school district. The Foundation pursues its mission through programs including grants to teachers for innovative projects outside the school budget:

  • Kids Discover the Trail, a program coordinating educational field trips to sites on the Discovery Trail for every Trumansburg student grades preK-6
  • The Trumansburg Troubadour newsletter on issues facing our school district produced in collaboration with talented students, and …
  • An Award for Community Service, to be made tonight to a graduating senior.

Continue reading 2015 Award for Community Service