Banner Year for The Foundation for Excellence in Yorktown Education

The FFE in Yorktown Education is pleased to announce a banner year.  With the partnership of the H.W. Wilson Foundation and the Yorktown High School PTSA, the FFE has granted an excess of $50,000, and awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Yorktown High School graduating Seniors, Joseph Cirone and Jeffrey Naft.

The Foundation raised monies at several events during this academic year:

A wine tasting at Peter Pratt’s Inn, an evening of Comedy at Villa Barone, a Casino night/dinner dance at Tarrytown’s Doubletree Inn (where three Yorktown women, Monica Garrigan, Jane McCarthy and Donna D’Andrea were honored for their work with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life), a Healthy Yorktown 5K run/walk held in FDR park, and a “Mixed Bag” catalog sale, to name a few.

In addition to these FFE fund raising events, the FFE was supported for the third year by the H.W. Wilson Foundation.  Yorktown parent, Jim Phelan introduced the FFE to the Wilson Foundation, founded by one-time Yorktown resident H.W. Wilson.  The Wilson foundation has been very generous with our causes, and this year we were so fortunate to accept a $10,000 donation.  We are grateful to the Wilson Foundation, and Jim Phelan for recognizing our community’s needs and the Foundation’s role in meeting them.

Each Spring all YCSD teachers are invited to submit grants to the FFE for educational tools not covered in the district budget.  This year there were some exceptional requests from some exceptional teachers.  We discuss and choose the best and take great pains to fund a wide variety of grants covering all school buildings and all aspects of our children’s education.

As we deliberated grant applications a few weeks ago, we thought to reach out to another collaborator.  We called upon Yorktown High School PTSA President, Dorothy Forcina and asked if they would like to join forces and fund some of our YHS grants.  To our delight, they were able to contribute $10,000.

The Foundation presented a check in the amount of $53,151.82 covering grants in YHS, MESMS, Crompond, Brookside and Mohansic schools encompassing Physical Education, ESL, ELA, Special Ed, Health and Wellness, Science laboratories and technology.

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We thank the H.W. Wilson Foundation, Jim Phelan, and the YHS PTSA for their generous contributions and we thank our teachers, coaches, librarians and staff for thinking of new ways to enhance our children’s education in Yorktown.