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The Foundation is expanding and has awarded two operational grants, one to Montgomery Blair High School and the second to Takoma Elementary PTO. An additional 15 project grants were awarded as well.

Operational Grants

Organization Project Name/Description
Montgomery Blair High School Band and Orchestra Support of general operating funds for the band and orchestra at Montgomery Blair High School. Funds would be used for the maintenance, repair, reconditioning, and purchase of musical instruments, music instruction software and hardware, performance audio equipment, sheet music, contest entrance fees, transportation expenses, band uniforms, and festival and trip expenses.
Takoma Education Campus Parent Teacher Organization Takoma Elementary

Takoma Elementary is in many ways the mirror of Takoma Park Elementary and faces many of the same challenges. The schools have been going through changes and the TECPTO is working on building a stronger PTO and getting more parents involved in the school. 

Project Grants

Organization Project Name/Description
Ayuda

Accessing Justice: Supporting Immigrants from the Takoma Community

To help cultivate and leverage relationships with Takoma Park civic and governmental organizations so that low income immigrants can learn about services provided.

Carpe Diem Arts, Inc.

Arts, African Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Academy

An after-school educational and cultural enrichment program for 1st–5th graders at Essex House (in Takoma Park) and Park Montgomery (in Silver Spring).  

Cub Scout Pack 33

A Year of Scouting

Support will defray the costs of this program for low-income families in Takoma Park, who might not otherwise be able to participate in the year-long scouting program and/or summer camp.

Difference Makers Inc.

Snow Angels Equipment

Support to purchase equipment for the Snow Angel’s snow removal program and Global Youth Services program.  

East Silver Spring Elementary School PTA

STEaM and Learning on Cold Winter’s Days

Funds will help assemble six portable carts for students to use during indoor recess in order to foster creativity, curiosity, and learning in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEaM).  Many of the activities and tools for the STE(a)M carts are to be solicited from the school community as in-kind donations in order to demonstrate our community’s commitment to sustainability of the project.

Eastern Middle School PTSA

Authors Visit

Support to help bring the author of Red Scarf, an autobiographic book that EMS’ sixth graders are reading on the Cultural Revolution in China, to speak to the students and bring this story to life.  

Essex House Apartments Tenants’ Association

Life Skill Training

An eight-session program for middle school youth who live in Essex House Apartments, with an invitation to others the same age in nearby apartments (Maple View, Parkview Towers, and Maple Avenue Tower).

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop

100 Volunteers

A project seeking to recruit 100 new volunteers during 2017 to participate in Free Minds’ “Write Night,” a bi-monthly event designed to create a bridge of understanding between Takoma Park residents and youth incarcerated in the D.C. jail.  

IMPACT Silver Spring

Flower Avenue Apartments

This project’s primary goal is to create a high quality place to live by transforming the existing culture from one of distrust, fear, and division to one of aspiration, trust, and connection in the Flower/Long Branch community.

Montgomery Blair High School

Blair Network Communications

Support in the purchase of five new sets of cameras and tripods for the Intro to TV/Film production class, which will allow additional students to take the class and enable the creation of more complex productions.

Montgomery Blair High School

No Labels Diversity Club

Support for sending students to A World of Difference Anti-Bias Training, a two-day session enabling participants to lead school workshops targeted to students as well as staff.

Pinecrest Community Association

Movie Nights

Assist in the purchase of equipment for showing films in the neighborhood, with the goal of bringing more neighbors together. 

Real Food for Kids – Montgomery

Parent and Community Advocacy for a Strong MCPS Wellness Policy

Support in bringing food cooked from scratch in either the central kitchen or the individual schools, putting salad bars in every school, reducing sugar in school foods, and removing junk food marketing.

Rolling Terrace Elementary PTA

Title 1 Schools College Saving Challenge

A project to educate the community as well as other schools in the area on a Maryland law (HB 1014) that provides new incentives for low and moderate income families to invest in the state’s college savings accounts via a $250 annual matching grant, in return for contributing more than $25/year.

Village of Takoma Park

Parents of Special Needs Adults

Assist in funding a grassroots group of parents and others who are caregivers for adults with special needs. The participants live in the greater Takoma area and are organizing to appeal local and county governments for support of affordable and supportive housing, therapeutic safety, and jobs.

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