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News from the Foundation

Posted: July 13, 2020

Giving and Receiving

Even in the middle of a pandemic, the APS Education Foundation and its partners continue to support our students, schools, and staff.

Foundation Gives Nearly Half a Million to Schools

Thanks to donor generosity, the APS Education Foundation was able to give nearly $450,000 to APS schools, classrooms, and educators throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Award funds were used to provide meaningful learning experiences that motivate students to reach their full potential. The Foundation’s grant programs impacted more than half of students within the district. 

Over 106 projects received funding to support the following focus areas: STEM, Fine Arts, Literacy, Early Literacy College and Career Readiness, Student Competitions, and Schoolwide Impact. Three award recipients were recognized as Best In Class, teachers selected by the APS Board of Directors based on previously funded programs that have made an exceptionally high impact on student growth and achievement. Fifty-five APS schools and 6 APS departments were among the grant winners. 

Throughout fall and early spring, grant money helped schools create special mural projects, career day events, garden projects, cooking clubs and purchase new school library books and Chromebooks. Due to the pandemic, the Foundation shifted its focus towards student crisis needs. The Foundation provided grants to help support summer food pantries and assist the APS Clothing Bank.

Foundation Grant Helps Feed Families

The APS Community School Department received a $6,375 grant to help support the Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico Mobile Food Pantries during the summer months. The Foundation recognizes the need for families facing food inequity has increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are glad to contribute towards this vital service.

As a result of this grant, additional Mobile Food Pantries were opened at Barcelona and Mountain View elementary schools, Cleveland Middle School and Del Norte High School for the summer months. 

Title I Homeless Project

In the months of May and June, the Foundation helped the APS Title 1 Homeless distribute and deliver over $9,000 in relief assistance to APS families.  Helping with hotel stays, rent, and utility payments during this challenging time.

Thank You, Supporters!

  • Nusenda Credit Union donated $41,500 for summer high school scholarships, AVID, the Foundation, and professional development events. Their latest contribution -- a scholarship supporting educational assistants who want to become teachers. The scholarships will provide tuition for online higher education classes.  This opportunity will be launched in Fall 2020.
  • TIG donated $21,000 to help the clothing bank to stock up their inventory of socks and underwear for the summer and when school begins in the fall.
  • District 7 City Councilor Diane Gibson generously started a fund at the Foundation for three high schools within her city district. Del Norte, Highland, and Sandia have been chosen by the councilor to receive city funding for student activity tickets (such as athletic game entrance fees, homecoming and prom tickets, etc.) serving students with financial needs.  Her goal is to give every student the opportunity to engage in their high school activities and athletics. Developing school pride and enhancing their high school experience.
  • Smith's and KRQE once again donated $10,000 to the Title I McKinney-Vento Program. They also hosted an online donation drive in lieu of their annual food drive, which had to be canceled due to the virus.
  • Sandia National Laboratories awarded $24,000 to greatly expand the APS Special Education Department's Schoolwide Enrichment Model through the APS Education Foundation. The Schoolwide Enrichment Model was the Foundation's 2020 Best In Class winner. The combined funding will allow the department to realize its dream of a full 10 days of training from the University of Connecticut's  Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development. The training will include ongoing resources and feedback from gifted education experts so that students district-wide may have access to experiential learning opportunities to enhance their education. Learn more about the Schoolwide Enrichment Model.