Community Gifts for Education

Community Gifts for Education

Students in Frederick County public schools benefit each year from the community’s generous financial donations through the Community Foundation of Frederick County. Grants totaling nearly $10,000 from the FCPS Gifts for Education Fund and the Franklin and Bess Gladhill Fund for Agriculture Education are supporting student-enrichment projects.

This school year, eight schools are receiving Gifts for Education Fund enrichment opportunities, as follows:

*Ballenger Creek Elementary—$478 for an afterschool leadership club for boys in grades 4 and 5, using the book, The Leader in Me

*Brunswick High—$650 for a Robotics Tech Challenge

*Glade Elementary—$436 to purchase team tablets for 1st graders to use in managing their academic progress and accomplishments

*Gov. Thomas Johnson High—$600 for Drone Squad startup costs to participate in sky competitions

*Kemptown Elementary—$500 for a program called The Leader in Me, to improve student performance and behavior

*Oakdale High—$700 for VEX Robotics international competition registration and materials

*Twin Ridge Elementary—$978 to purchase math manipulatives to provide students hands-on, interactive models

*Waverley Elementary—$599 for a Coding and Computer Science Club to expose students to robotics and coding


Six schools are receiving grants from the Gladhill Fund for Agriculture Education to accomplish the following:

*Career & Technology Center—$800 for landscape students to design, grow and install a pollinator forage area around the school grounds

*Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School—$800 to expand the agricultural education curriculum and provide hands-on agriculture labs

*Emmitsburg Elementary—$800 to enhance the outdoor classroom

*Middletown High—$800 for an FFA-hosted Agricultural Day for elementary students

*Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School—$800 for students to plant seeds and monitor soil and weather data

*Tuscarora High—$800 for FFA students to attend the state leadership conference to learn about FFA and develop leadership and communication skills

      The Community Foundation of Frederick County accepts tax-deductible donations for the funds and has distributed nearly $175,060 in 339 grants since the endowments were launched in 1998. Anyone wishing to donate may call 301-696-6818. The next round of grants is in December 2017. Schools wishing to apply may contact Cheryl.Bales@fcps.org.