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Taylorville Schools Foundation awards mini-grants

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Public Schools Foundation recently awarded 13 Mini Grants to 27 Taylorville Community Unit School District 6 -12 teachers totaling $11,911.04 to be used for additional resources to motivate and encourage educational excellence. The Foundation also awarded $500 to each of the 4 school district libraries to be used to enhance the availability of reading materials for TCUSD students.

The Taylorville Public Schools Foundation (TPSF) raises money every year through fundraising, donations, and contributions from local supporters and businesses for projects to enrich and enhance the educational experience in TCUSD #3 schools.

The Annual Mini Grants can be an individual application proposal or a joint application proposal for up to 4 teachers at a $500 maximum dollar amount per teacher. In the application, each teacher or teachers propose a project they want the Foundation to fund that will enhance educational outcomes with their students but that they are currently unable to consider because of cost. This year, a total of 27 teachers submitting 13 Mini Grant joint and/ or individual proposals were awarded $11,911.04 for their projects. These projects included proposals for technology, adaptive physical education materials, building trades scaffolding, social and emotional learning aids, math, reading, science, family and consumer science, special education,and physical education. Some of the proposals involved technologies and technology equipment developed to make teaching and learning more diversified and interactive. Others included additions, enhancements, and updates to the district’s established curriculum.

The Taylorville Public School Foundation, founded in 1996, generates its revenue for these Mini Grants and Library Grants, as well as at least one yearly All School Grant, a Fund A Need Project, and an All District Grant from a variety of sources throughout each year. For the 2019 – 2020 and 2020 – 2021 school years which included the many challenges of the COVID virus, the Foundation awarded a total of over $52,000 to educators. This included money for Mini Grants, All School Grants, Library Grants, an All District Grant, a VIP Parking Grant, a Building Trades Grant, a Fund A Need Project for the THS Music Department, and $4000 per school that was used for expenses relating to the COVID virus.

The primary fundraiser for monetary awards to the schools is the annual Taylorville Public Schools Foundation “Spring Fundraiser”. The community has many options regarding this fundraiser which include becoming a business sponsor, becoming a private sponsor, attending the event, and/or donating to the Fund A Project featured at the Spring Fundraiser. This school year’s “Spring Fundraiser” will be held Saturday, March 26, 2022, at The Pillars Event Center in Taylorville. The Foundations encourages people who live in the Taylorville Community Unit School District to “SAVE THE DATE” for this annual event whose details will be finalized in the coming weeks.

Additional TPSF fundraisers for this 2021- 2022 school year and other sources of revenue included VIP Parking at THS home football games, giving donations that honor a person or school or donations in memory of a loved one, and the Year End Appeal Campaign which encourages citizens to invest in the Taylorville Community Unit School District’s students’ education and schools.

All donations and proceeds from fundraisers benefit the Taylorville Public Schools Foundation in its effort to support “Excellent Schools Building Excellent Communities”. The Foundation Board’s mission remains to provide a means for private citizens, industries, businesses, and organizations to enhance the quality of education for all Taylorville Community Unit School District students.

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