These InstaGrants were approved throughout the 2020-2021 school year and are currently in place or being put in place in classrooms impacting students throughout the District.


Lavalier Microphones for English as a New Language (ENL) Students ($959.92)

This InstaGrant allowed for the purchase of 8 lavalier (clip on) microphones for the ENL teachers at each school in the district.  A lack of quality sound in remote teaching and learning can be a significant barrier for English Language Learners.  These microphones provide ENL students with greater access to instruction by minimizing challenges of inconsistent sound quality. 

Helen Harrison on behalf of all District-wide ENL teachers


Building a Foundation for Antiracist Teaching & Learning in American History:  Stamped ($835.20)

This InstaGrant allowed for the purchase of copies of the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Abram X. Kendi for students in U.S. History & Government.  Over the course of the 2020-2021 school year, the instructors will revise the curriculum map for Regents U.S. History & Government, building a five-unit curriculum aligned with the periodization in the book.  Antiracism will become a lens for understanding America, past & present.   The curriculum planning will be supplemented with instructional resources created by the Zinn Project to support the use of Stamped.

Tom Witmer & Jaqueleen Zamora, Social Studies Teachers, Horace Greeley High School

Building a Foundation for Antiracist Teaching & Learning in AP Government & Politics: The Color of Law ($2154.00)

This InstaGrant provided 200 copies of the Book, The Color of Law:  A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein for the AP Government & Politics curriculum at Horace Greeley High School.  This book supplements the online textbook.  The students will use the information in this book to research the public policy & societal discrimination in Westchester county and America as a whole.  The College Board Civic Action Project will provide students the opportunity to engage in sustained real-world activity that will deepen their understanding of course content. 

Sheila Jacob, Suzanne Mosca, Jess Somma, AP US Government and Politics Teachers, Horace Greeley High School

Authentic Student Engagement & Learning Through Cultural Media ($1200.00)

This InstaGrant covered subscriptions for students in Spanish 1 and Spanish 5 to EduNovela, a service that packages telenovelas with educational materials and assessments. Students had access to modern, authentic telenovelas and progress through the series at a pace that matches their learning stage.

 Isabelle Irizarry, Jacqueline Pallant, Horace Greeley High School


Middle School STEAM Drone Project ($2341.12)

This InstaGrant funded the purchase of five drones each for the Bell & Seven Bridges STEAM Departments.  The drones can be used as a part of several core classes at the middle school level.  Drone integration will inform teaching of topography mapping, scratch & javascript programming, digital storytelling, and environmental science analytics and photography. 

Tabitha Sasso, Robert E. Bell Middle School STEAM Teacher, Jenny Gieras, Seven Bridges Middle School STEAM Teacher

Establishing Consistent Listening Opportunities for all Middle School Students ($2398.50)

This InstaGrant provided portable quality listening equipment to each music teacher at the middle school level.  The educational landscape during the 2020-2021 year required music teachers to travel to different classrooms to meet with each pod.  This grant provided a more seamless transition into the classroom and ensure that every student had a consistent listening experience.

Seven Bridges Music Department: Elliot Semel, Kim Meade, Stan Serafin – Department Chair; Bell School Music Department: Gina Serafin, Laura Abbatantuono – Department Chair, and Madison Martineau

Lavalier Microphones for Large Learning Spaces at Bell & Seven Bridges Middle School ($1919.84)

This InstaGrant allowed for the purchase of 16 lavalier (clip on) microphones for large space-classrooms at each middle school.  It was sometimes difficult for students who were learning remotely to hear the lesson when a teacher circulated a large classroom space.  These wireless lapel microphones provided better sound quality for all students in the middle school mathematics and english language arts classes.

Joshua Culwell-Block, Director of Technology, Chappaqua Central School District

The Story of Sam Mihara at Heart Mountain Japanese Internment Camp ($2500.00)

Teachers at Bell and Seven Bridges looked to humanize the study of war and genocide and to deepen students understanding of the human consequences of the war. This InstaGrant allowed the students to hear from Sam Mihara, a survivor of the Heart Mountain Japanese Internment Camp in Wyoming. Paired with Judith Altman, a Holocaust survivor, students were able to focus on human rights as a key component of this curriculum.

Laurie Lichtenstein and Jason Lummel, Seven Bridges Middle School and Bell Middle School

Sphero BOLT Power Pack ($2711.71)

This InstaGrant allowed for the purchase of a case of 15 Sphero BOLT programmable robots and chargers for the Seven Bridges STEAM Center. The Sphero BOLT is a ball the size of an orange that can be driven and coded. By integrating the Sphero BOLT into the STEAM curriculum, students will learn foundational computer science skills and apply them to logic and problem solving across curricular areas.

Jenny Gieras, Seven Bridges Middle School STEAM Center

7B Golf ($2275.97)

This InstaGrant funded the purchase of a SNAG (Starting New At Golf) golf equipment package to be used as a part of the Physical Education curriculum at Seven Bridges. The equipment funded by this grant is designed to introduce students to the game of golf, while also engaging more experienced players.

Brady Kittredge, Chrissy Catapano, Matt Simone, Travis Edwards, Physical Education Department; Seven Bridges Middle School



Flexible Seating for 2nd Grade Class ($946.80)

This InstaGrant funded a pilot of flexible seating cushions for Sarah Alley’s 2nd Grade class.  The goal of this grant was to provide a personalized educational experience for each student while increasing student stamina and focus.  

Sarah Alley, Second Grade Teacher and Abby Gitlin, Occupational Therapist, Douglas Grafflin Elementary School