YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Foundation for Excellence in Yorktown Education presented the board of education with $20,300 in grant money to fund completely or in part 14 teacher grants, and two $1,000 scholarships to Yorktown High School graduates.

The teacher grants will go toward the purchase of books, electronics, supplies and field trips that enhance the learning experience for students in the district. Examples include a trip to the Wolf Conservation Center in North Salem for third grade students; Ozobots to develop coding and computer skills; and the purchase of reading kits, so Brookside Elementary School students can have a book read to them out loud when a parent is unable or unavailable to.

Made up of parents and teachers within the district, the Foundation for Excellence in Yorktown Education is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 to award grants to educators that develop timely, innovative and creative projects for the Yorktown Central School District. The organization runs fundraising events during the school year.

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President of the foundation, Chris Menocal, said this year marked a milestone for the organization. In the 24 years since the foundation was founded, he said the organization had raised over $500,000 for the Yorktown schools.

“We are blessed to have dedicated, out of the box teachers in our district who are always coming up with inventive ways to reach and inspire our students,” Menocal said.