2016-2017 InstaGrants

InstaGrants are grants for less than $2500 and approved throughout the year allowing for a fast track review of smaller requests and for grant implementation during the school year.


Women in STEAM Art ($2190)

This InstaGrant funds the purchase of 32 framed posters depicting women scientists which would be hung in classrooms and common space at Greeley to introduce and inspire students to careers in STEAM fields.

Paul Bianchi, Science Teacher, Horace Greeley High School

STEAM Hydroponics ($2000)

This InstaGrant funds the materials necessary to conduct a new curricular unit on hydroponics. Students will work collaboratively to research, design and build vertical hydroponics units.

Mike DeBellis, Science Teacher, Horace Greeley High School

Sewing Machines ($2249.30)

A collaborative proposal by Horace Greeley art teacher Jennifer Schmidt and Greeley students Nancy Wei and Madison Rosenthal which will fund the purchase of sewing machines and related supplies to be used in the Fashion Design courses at Greeley.

Jennifer Schmidt, Art Teacher; Madison Rosenthal, Nancy Wei, students, Horace Greeley High School


Bell Science Department Microscope Enhancement ($2416.50)

This InstaGrant funded a class set of digital microscopes to be used by both 7th grade teams.

Jessica Sansavera, Science Teacher, Robert E. Bell Middle School

Hispanic Heritage Book Clubs ($2500)

This grant provided for the purchase of books to be used to conduct book clubs to help Spanish language students learn about hispanic culture.

Amy Durante, Caitlyn Murphy, Foreign Language Teachers, Robert E. Bell Middle School

Indoor Hydroponics ($2477.77)

This InstaGrant provided for the purchase of indoor hydroponics units to be used across a wide range of curricular areas at Bell. This grant was jointly developed by applicants Dana Dince, a Bell teaching assistant, Linda Bosco, a Bell parent and two seventh grade Bell students who are active in the Bell environmental club. Six classroom teachers will be using the units to enhance their curriculum – Sarah Geronimo and Jessica Sansevera (6th grade science); Nate Loeb and Kerry Keenan (5th grade science); Amanda McDonough (5-8 Art) and Beth Sovern (6-8 Family and Consumer Sciences).​​

Dana Stein-Dince, Teaching Assistant, Linda Bosco, Parent, Robert E. Bell Middle School

Tiny House Project ($2492.36)

This InstaGrant provides the funds necessary to implement a joint art/technology 8th grade project involving the design and construction of tiny houses to further test new STEAM curriculum.

Chris Stasi, Technology Teacher, Seven Bridges Middle School

FitStep Pro Pedometers ($2471.36)

An InstaGrant to fund the purchase of two class sets of pedometers and related supplies to be integrated into the physical education curriculum at Seven Bridges.

Christine Catapano, Brady Kittredge, Physical Education Teachers, Seven Bridges Middle School


Move to Learn/The Flexible Classroom ($2480.00)

This is a joint application from 4th grade Roaring Brook teachers Ann Marie Scalici (one of last year’s Innovator of the Year award recipients) and Meghan Keeler. This InstaGrant will allow Ann Marie to apply some of the ideas she learned from her prior 5th grade CSF grant experience and to work with another 4th grade teacher to pilot the use of flexible seating with 4th grade students and 4th grade curriculum.

Ann Marie Scalici, Meghan Keeler, Fourth Grade Teachers, Roaring Brook Elementary School

Westorchard Nature Trail and Inspirational Garden ($2500)

This InstaGrant is a joint application by a parent, three students and Westorchard principal James Skoog to help pay for tree and debris removal work necessary to allow for the rehabilitation of the Westorchard Nature trail which will include, among other things, outdoor classroom space, instructional signage, outdoor activities and a kindness rock garden dedicated to Alison Guerra.

Stephanie Kasulka, Eileen Trotta and Emma Terjesen, Students, James Skoog, Principal, Westorchard Elementary School

Innovative Chairs ($2206.50)

This InstaGrant funded the purchase of sets of ball and accordion chairs for each first grade classroom at Grafflin to help improve student focus.

Sandi Schassler, Yvonne Davies, Marisa Boniello, Deborah Lenaghan, First Grade Teachers, Grafflin Elementary School