The ESM Education Foundation provides grants to ESM Staff to enhance the educational experience of ESM students. If you'd like to apply for a grant, submit the application by 10/2/15. Application and Instructions  

If you are a potential donor, and would like to learn about funded grants, please look below for grant recipients.


 - Past Funded Projects - 

Brazil: A Changing Land of Sight, Sound and Movement is Minoa Elementary’s effort to breathe new life into the third grade social studies unit on Brazil through a visiting musician. The $600 grant will be used to highlight the arts by integrating them with classroom learning to support core curriculum. The focal point of this project is the creation of “Sound Boxes,” a tool that Syracuse musician Edward Ruchalski has developed to increase sensory experience around a topic. The boxes are collections of visual and auditory elements that will be arranged within a box. Mr. Ruchalski will bring his own instruments handmade from recycled materials to encourage creative solutions. Connections will be drawn to Brazil’s many environmental concerns, and thus the benefits of using recycled materials. The unit will incorporate third grade social studies, science, English language arts, visual arts and music in interdisciplinary fashion. Minoa Art Teacher Christy Sanzaro is the grant project leader. 

The Fremont Playhouse will use its $675 grant to present “The Best Little Theater in Town.” The goal of the project is to increase student achievement and participation in the theater arts though a collaboration of teachers, parents and students. Students will take part in all aspects of musical theater production including acting, singing, choreography, sound production, staging and set design in preparation for a public performance in the high school auditorium. In addition, students will benefit from the opportunity for project-based learning that incorporates 21st century skill building in creativity, innovation and collaboration. Thomas Decker, Fremont Music Teacher is the grant project leader. 

Winning Wednesdays will enhance East Syracuse Elementary’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support Program (PBIS) using a $1,000 ESMEF grant. ESE students earn “Cheetah Paw Prints” for demonstrating respect, responsibility and safety in school and on the bus. Each Wednesday, a Paw Print with a name from each grade level is drawn for a prize and one monthly prize winner is drawn. The grant will allow more students—36 per week—to receive incentive rewards. Winning students will come to the “Winners Circle” to collect their incentives. Pictures of the student winners will be displayed on the Wall of Fame in the Character Education hallway. In addition, this grant will allow ESE to recognize parent volunteers and other adults, including staff, who provide additional support to students during and after school. Student Council members will help, which will foster youth leadership roles. Principal Pat Charboneau is the grant project leader on behalf of the school. 

Motivating and Instructing Students with Flip/Pocket Video is a $975 grant for Minoa Elementary. This grant will provide a set of flip or pocket video cameras to actively engage and motivate students in activities that develop higher-level thinking skills, collaboration and motivational skills throughout all areas of the curriculum. The video cameras will allow teachers to create 21st century learning opportunities for students through grade-appropriate lessons. Existing lessons are also readily available on the Internet. Potential uses in the classroom include website presentations, sharing information and celebrations with parents and students, self-evaluation activities, podcasts and using them on field trips. Paul Kaczanowicz is the grant project leader, but all Minoa teachers will be able to use the cameras for their classes.