The Board of Directors meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from September to June at 7:15 PM at the Ponaganset Middle School Library. We welcome you to attend a meeting. Come and spend an hour with us to learn about our mission and meet the team members.
WHAT IS THE MISSION?
The mission of the Foundation is to foster student excellence, teacher creativity and school based initiatives at the Ponaganset Schools.
HOW WILL THIS WORK?
Designed to augment the educational programs offered by the School District, the Foundation will support the development of new, creative and innovative programs or activities that encourage and inspire students to become more deeply involved in the learning process. The Foundation will encourage teachers and others to offer interesting and challenging ideas in the form of grant proposals.
HOW DID THIS GET STARTED?
Thanks to the generous contributions, large and small, of numerous townspeople, friends and alumni of the Ponaganset Schools, those who saw the benefits of an educational foundation were able to raise the necessary $25,000 to qualify for matching funds from the Rhode Island Foundation by the December 2006 deadline. Thus the Ponaganset Education Foundation was founded.
WHAT ARE THE FOUNDATION GOALS?
The Foundation's goal is to promote and develop a significant financial resource from which to make grants that have the potential to inspire students to become fully engaged in what they are learning; be it pottery, poetry, rocket science, hydro-energy, global warming, or history.
WHY AN EDUCATION FOUNDATION FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS?
With the present demands and expectations placed on the public schools by the State and Federal government, it is increasingly difficult for local schools to do more than meet the basic requirements and mandates. This leaves nominal financial support for schools to initiate new, creative or innovative programs or activities to excite and stimulate student interest. Recognizing the already heavy demand on the local taxpayer and the constraints placed on taxes by the State, the Ponaganset Education Foundation offers an alternative means to funding these worthy endeavors.
HOW WILL THE FOUNDATION HELP?
The Foundation offers friends, residents, benefactors and alumni the ability to invest whatever their means may allow above and beyond their required tax contribution. These Foundation Grants will help teachers and admnistrators enhance the educational programs at the Ponaganset Schools to meet the present and future challenges facing education and our students.
WILL THIS WORK?
It is the belief of the Foundation that the communities of Foster and Glocester have long supported and valued the quality education the Ponaganset schools have provided. It is the aim of the Foundation to honor that commitment and to preserve and enhance the excellence in education for which Ponaganset has been recognized.