Release date: 6/1/2017

Community Foundations Awards Over $40,000 to Area Teachers

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Through the generosity of individual and corporate donors, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley has awarded 29 area teachers over $40,000 to enhance classrooms throughout the region. Grants will fund training, purchases of cutting-edge equipment and innovative projects.

Poughkeepsie Day School received a grant to purchase an underwater ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle). Students from Poughkeepsie Day School and Poughkeepsie and Arlington High Schools will collaborate as volunteers with the NYS DEC Hudson River Esturary Program to monitor American eel and river herring populations. Photo Credit: Michael Gold
“Now in its 32nd year, the Partnership in Education Grants demonstrate the collective power of Community Foundations. While we are thrilled to facilitate these awards, it is the generosity of many donors that make this possible,” said March S. Gallagher, Esq., President & CEO. “By pooling together the resources of thoughtful individuals and organizations, the Foundations is able to leverage their giving into real impacts for our community.”

The Community Foundations estimates reach of these grants to improve classroom learning for over 6,400 students in the Hudson Valley.

Grants were made through the following programs:
  • The Fund for Excellence in Education grants for special projects and professional development for teachers Pre-K – 12, at public, parochial and private/independent schools;
  • Taconic IPA Science Education Grants fund teachers to expand learning in the sciences through acquisition of classroom and laboratory science equipment in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties;
  • Verizon Foundation STEM Grants fund science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects, activities and equipment;
  • The Dennis J. Markle Community Service Awards granting community service projects; and
  • The David Kennon Moody Award for teaching writing.

“Each year our grant committees get to see firsthand the passion, dedication and creativity of area teachers,” said Cristin McPeake, Director of Programs. “The applications we receive demonstrate the deep commitment and pride these educators take in delivering meaningful educational experiences.”

The Community Foundations staff and Board of Trustees congratulate the 2017 winners:

Fund for Excellence in Education Grants
Laura Blaha
Carmel High School
Jean Cook
Dutchess Day School
Megan Cooke
John Jay High School
Victoria Curry
G.W. Krieger Elementary
Anita Estes
Charles B. Warring Elementary School
Chelsea Guarino
St. Martin de Porres School
Christina Johnson
Center for Spectrum Services
Mariel Melnick
Woodstock Day School
Jennifer Quinn-Carle
Mill Road Intermediate
Elizabeth Roche
Sargent Elementary School

Taconic IPA Science Education Grants
Brent Boscarino
Poughkeepsie Day School
Grace Johnston
Kingston High School

Elyse Joy
Orville A. Todd
Glenn Morris
Rombout Middle School
Christine Pizer
Poughkeepsie High School


Verizon STEM Awards
Amy Carr
Mill Road Elementary School
Shannon Considine
Poughkeepsie High School
Renee Ferrara
Sargent Elementary School
Mary Ficht
Charles B. Warring
David Held
Poughkeepsie Day School
John Herles
Our Lady of Lourdes
Elyse Joy
Orville A. Todd
Mary Langenau
North Park Elementary
Nicholas Lenhard
Putnam Valley High School
Cheryl Mongroo
S.F.B.Morse Elementary
Andrew Nikola
Vassar Road Elementary
Laurel Whitworth & Jacqueline Zulauf
Matthew Paterson Elementary School


Dennis J. Markle Community Service Award
Laura Collins
North Park Elementary School


David Kennon Moody Award
Meg Buckland
G.W. Krieger Elementary School

About The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley

Serving all of Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster counties, the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley is a driving force in philanthropy in the region, distributing funds from thousands of donors to connect people who care with causes that matter. Administering more than $60 million in assets, we work with donors to provide grants and scholarships, establish endowment funds for nonprofits and other charitable causes, and collaborate with government, private foundations and local leaders to address current and emerging needs. Learn more at


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