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CPEF Awards Five Grants to CECSD Schools for Spring

While the groundhog may have called for six more weeks of winter, the Cortland Public Education Foundation (CPEF) has spring on the mind with the recent award of five grants throughout the Cortland Enlarged City School District (CECSD). CPEF provides grants and funding for teachers, staff, and administration, to allow for innovative classroom and curriculum projects. CPEF’s grants promote projects that typically fall outside of the school operating budget. This spring, CPEF awarded five grants, for a total of $2,959.00, to Parker, Randall, Smith, Virgil, and Cortland Junior/ Senior High School (CJSHS).
Parker Elementary School was given a grant to purchase Fab Lab Robotics, which includes Meccanoid XL 2.0 (a buildable four-foot robot) and a Wonder Workshop Dash and Dot pack. The Fab Lab Robotics will allow students to learn coding and programming in the Parker Elementary School Maker Space, while also having fun with robots.

Randall Elementary School was given a grant to purchase three Backyard Backpacks. Each backpack will contain a wind and temperature meter, a hand magnifying lens, a compass, binoculars, and 12 different Peterson Field Guides. Using the backpacks, students and their teachers and families will be able to unplug from technology, allowing them to better explore nature their natural environment and reconnect with their planet.
Virgil Elementary School was given a grant to purchase two Breakout EDU Kits. Each kit contains over 250 games created for the classroom environment, aimed at helping to increase student engagement, teamwork, and problem solving skills.

F.E. Smith Elementary School was given a grant for the Family Reading Partnership. This will allow an artist to illustrate a book Mr. Merrill Miller authored. Each of Mr. Miller’s students will then be given a copy of the book, in an effort to encourage reading at home with family and friends.

CJSHS was given a grant to purchase one Roland HS5 Session Mixer. This mixer will allow students to plug in and practice their keyboards, basses, electric guitars, and drum kits. The mixer allows students participating in band, chorus, or orchestra to practice at the same time, while preventing the practice room from becoming too loud.

CPEF raises money and accepts donations throughout the year. For more information on CPEF, visit or contact CPEF Board President Jose Peliciano at



Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

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