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CPEF Spring Grants

The Cortland Public Education Foundation (CPEF) has awarded seven grants totaling $3,925 to Cortland teachers. Recipients come from the High School, Barry Elementary School, Randall Elementary School, Parker Elementary School, and Virgil Elementary School.
CPEF Board President Jose Feliciano, said, “CPEF is an independent, community-based, nonprofit organization that looks to enrich and broaden the educational experience for our young people in the Cortland City School District. We do this by obtaining and allocating funds for educational opportunities that fall outside the scope of the district’s operating budget. CPEF benefits the Cortland community and Cortland schools by investing in our greatest resource, our children. The grants we fund support innovative classroom and curriculum projects that promote educational excellence.
CPEF is proud to collaborate with the talented and dedicated faculty and staff in the district. When selecting our grant recipients, we look to see that the project will have a lasting and far-reaching impact. We provide opportunities for educators to facilitate innovation, integrate technology and purchase items that enhance the student experience.”
Below is the list of grants won by Cortland teachers:
Leader in Me ($500)
Grant writer: Kathleen Elliott Birdsall
Sponsor: Cliff Kostuk, Principal
School: Randall Elementary School
This grant will help with Leader in Me (7 Habits of Healthy Kids through Franklin Covey Education program). The Randall School staff and students are committed to continuing this program with its myriad lifelong benefits to the student population, their families, and staff.
Breakout EDU Boxes ($410)
Grant writer: Emily Morse and Megan Alo
Sponsor: Cliff Kostuk, Principal
School: Randall Elementary School
Emily and Megan will use this grant to purchase Breakout EDU Boxes. The boxes provide an immersive learning experience for students as they solve a series of puzzles, using cooperative and critical thinking skills.
Digital Storytelling Club/Camera ($760)
Grant writer: Heather Bermingham
Sponsor: Doug Pasquerella, Principal
School: Barry Elementary School
Heather Bermingham and her digital storytelling club has been using WeVideo to create digital stories. She will use this money to purchase a camera, camcorder, and memory cards to increase the quality of the projects created by digital storytelling club.
C-Pen Reader ($750)
Grant writer: Sarah Redington
Sponsor: Doug Pasquerella, Principal
School: Barry Elementary School
C-Pen readers promote independent reading by students who cannot read on grade level. Usage of the C-Pen is particularly helpful in science and social studies classroom. Sarah Redington will use this money to purchase three C-Pen readers.
Spheros Robots ($390)
Grant writer: Kim Hay and Amber Thayer
Sponsor: Josh Bacigalupi, Principal
School: Parker Elementary School
The Parker School’s Maker Space/Fab Lab has been teaching students about robotic coding. With the purchase of three Spheros, students can code to drive the Sphero through a maze and down the hallway.
Music For The Soul Event ($415)
Grant writer: Jonathan Keefner
Sponsor: Lisa Kaup, Principal
School: Virgil Elementary School
The purpose of this program is to engage students in critical thinking around the message that music can send. Students will analyze music from their own lives as well as music from an expert source to determine the message that they are internalized through listening. Culmination of the project will be a performance of music written in a collaboration of the students with a professional guest musician.
3-D Printer for CAD Lab ($700)
Grant writer: Charles Petit
Sponsor: Joe Mack, Principal
School: Cortland Senior High School
To enhance the experience of students in the design program, a purchase of a second 3D printer for the CAD lab would be beneficial. The printer would work in conjunction with the current 3D printer, allowing students to continue to create new and exciting projects at a greater rate of production.
CPEF raises money throughout the year and donations are also accepted with all contributions being tax deductible. The next large CPEF fundraiser is the 13th Annual Golf Tournament Friday July 27, 2018 at the Willowbrook Golf Club. Click here for registration information.
For further information please visit or contact CPEF Board President Jose Feliciano by email at




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