Hon. Catherine S. Pucciarelli (center), together with members of the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation Board, presents a giant-sized check to Nassau BOCES' Board members and grant-winning employees.
Nassau BOCES employees were awarded grants totaling more than $24,000 through the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting initiatives beyond the scope of the agency’s budget. These awards have helped to purchase iPads for instructional use, an exercise program for special education students and other innovative ways that help students.
"We are really grateful for these funds that allow us to use iPads to help students develop visual, motor and perceptual skills. It is a terrific tool for us to use with our students," said grant winner Karen Stordeur, an occupational therapist at Nassau BOCES Children’s Readiness Center.
"Over the years we have supported a lot of highly exciting projects,” said Catherine Pucciarelli, Foundation Chairperson. More than 125 grants totaling over $200,000 have been awarded since the inception of this program in 2007."
The Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting initiatives beyond the scope of the agency's budget. The organization raises funds through events such as its annual gala recognizing honorees of the Nassau BOCES Education Partner awards program. Now in its eighth year, the awards program honors people and organizations that share Nassau BOCES' commitment to public education.
Grant-funded teaching innovation is just one way the agency fulfills its goal to ensure student success. Nassau BOCES will continue to set the standard for high-quality programs and services that enable all students to reach their full potential.