The GPFPE awarded 6 new grants at the April 27, 2020 virtual board meeting

  1. Worry Free Change (Grades 2-5) Poupard ($4,587)

This grant partners with the district in addressing the transition Poupard students will face as they move to their newly assigned GPPSS school this fall. Workbooks titled My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move will be delivered to each student and then Poupard’s Leadership Team teachers will instruct students remotely, as they go through the workbook chapters. The workbooks are designed to help students process the experience of moving to a new school, and give them tools to assist them in managing new emotions, accepting change and easing their transition. GPFPE is fortunate to be able to fund this grant through the Lois J. Warden Fund that has been established in her memory and is designated for important elementary programs within the school system. Submitted by Angela Whateley and Sarah Mead

  1. New Sensory Room Equipment (Grades 5-8) Brownell ($3,398)

As Brownell is projected to have four Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) classrooms in the fall, this grant creates an important sensory room with equipment to give students with special needs a place of release or relief. Items such as a squeeze machine and a cuddle swing can help relieve anxiety and stress and enhance focus and success when the students return to their regular classroom. Submitted by Linda Cole, Rose Birchmeier and Gina Francis

  1. Bungee Frog Swing (Grades 5-8) Pierce ($670)

This grant purchases a bungee swing to benefit Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) students at Pierce. The swing is proven to enhance a sense of balance and spatial awareness. This is sometimes a struggle for ASD students and can cause distress in crowded hallways or classrooms. The swing can help relieve anxiety. Submitted by Joe Finazzo

  1. Win Win on Middle School Playground (5-8 grade) Brownell, Parcells and Pierce ($13,974)

The GPFPE is fortunate to partner with the district in funding recess/PE equipment to all three middle schools to help with the reconfiguration transition of the 5th grade students this fall. The money gifted here will aid in the purchase of additional healthy living equipment for the three middle school playground areas and tie it to the new physical education curriculum.  The equipment for this age level includes soccer goal posts and nets, basketball systems with steel back boards, sports balls, tether balls, bases, jump ropes and a portable ball cart for each school. Submitted by Rebecca Fannon, Roger Hunwick, Sara Dirkse and Dan Hartley

  1. All Girls Robotics Team (6-8 grade) Pierce ($2,000)

This grant is for hardware for the technical growth of the Pierce All Girls Robotics Team.  This club team will promote and engage STEM learning in female students at Pierce by designing and building a robot together to compete in local, state and hopefully national competitions next school year.  The aim is to grow this middle school interest to feed the Gear Heads Team at the high school level.  Submitted by Jane Francis Plieth

       6. Blown Fuses Parcells Robotics Team (6-8 grade) Parcells Middle School ($1,200)

This grant is to help this STEM club with program and competition fees, competition test field materials, robot supplies and tools and upgrades for the robotics lab at Parcells.  The Blown Fuses team will be trying to successfully build a robot that can accomplish as many challenge goals as possible with the hope of progressing through regional and state competitions.  Engaging students in this mentor-based program will inspire science and technology leaders of the future. Submitted by Sean Spence, Joy Behringer and Robert Mcintyre