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Bake Sales for Science Labs

A Journal News Editorial Rockland districts’ late foray into establishing school foundations comes in the nick of time. Property taxpayers are stretched to the limits, yet schools must still offer sophisticated programs to help prepare students to enter a competitive marketplace. High school band booster clubs, elementary school PTAs and other local efforts have long raised money for those “extras,” from field trips to office equipment Foundations, like Ramapo Central school district’s REACH – Resource for Expanding Academics and Community Horizons – can fund extras that would be unlikely to make it into heavily scrutinized school budgets, amenities like landscaping... Read More

Foundations provide icing and some cake

Randi Weiner – The Journal News It wasn’t that the school budget didn’t pay for the basics that caused parents in the Ramapo Central School District to decide to start a foundation, Marci Linke said. It was that schools ought to offer more than the bare necessities – and that taxpayers shouldn’t be asked to fund them. That was the beginning of Resource for Expanding Academics and Community Horizons, these days simply called the REACH Foundation. It was 1998, and Linke was one of the founding members. “I really wanted to bring more funding to the schools via grants and... Read More

Kindergarten and Robots

Kindergartner Akenti Wheeler has learned all about balance, levers and fulcrums by building a seesaw in her robotics class at Valley Cottage Elementary School. Classmate Emil Radoncic can explain the theory behind the wheel and axle and similar design principles after having built a model car with tiny plastic bricks in the same class. “We’re exposing them to the vocabulary, to the basic principles of engineering,” said Anna Marie Giuffre, their teacher. “They’re like little sponges and they’re not intimidated by it.” Nyack schools introduced robotics to middle-school students last year as an after-school class, then moved it into the... Read More