The mission of the Springfield Schools Foundation is to raise funds and facilitate donations to enrich the experience of our students and educators. Cultivating an atmosphere of leadership and humanitarianism, therefore positively impacting the greater community.
Since 2003, Springfield Schools Foundation has provided over $350,000 to Springfield Schools’ faculty and staff to enhance the education officer to students. Grants awarded included:
Software to help students who are learning English as a second language
A pond and other natural materials for an outdoor biology lab at the high school
Electronic dictionaries to help young readers learn vocabulary
High interest reading materials to help students with disabilities prepare for the OGT
A Chess Club that has trained young players who have gone on to win tournaments
The first Science Olympiad team at the high school
Take home book bags so elementary students can practice reading at home
Software to publish student authors at the Middle School
Equipment and books for Reader’s Theatre
A wind tunnel that allows high school students to test designs for rocket cars
A Lego League Team and an all-female Robotics Team
The Foundation has also been able to obtain significant outside grants for the Books, Baskets and Breakfast project, the Weatherbug weather station, the Grove Restoration Project and the Glass Arts Program.
The Foundation regularly seeks out opportunities to enrich educational opportunities in the Springfield-Holland community. Music Samplers, community concerts which often feature school district talent, occur in the spring and fall. Support of the annual Laws of Life Essay Contest provides cash awards for students who construct essays which explore the principles that guide their lives – challenging each to write about what they think, feel, and value.
These programs are possible because the Foundation receives generous contributions from local residents and businesses, staff and alumni, parents and even grandparents. Board members also actively seek out and cultivate partnerships that connect teachers and students to in-kind donations and other resources.
This year the Foundation raised over $40,000 in funding for new district technology.