Indianapolis – Over the course of less than five months, the IPS Education Foundation (IPSEF) provided funding for 216 student projects in IPS classrooms, leveraging an initial $55,000 investment by engaging an additional $53,942.92 in funding from other donors.
The IPSEF established this unprecedented $55,000 funding pool with DonorsChoose.org, an organization that matches innovative teacher projects with donors who support them, in late 2012.
Lauren Wagner teaches a life skills class for students with severe disabilities at IPS’s Thomas D Gregg Elementary #15 on the Near Eastside. She used a classroom grant to obtain two iPads so that her students could experience new technology and further develop communications skills.
“The iPads…have helped my students to open up and communicate in ways I could not even imagine,” Wagner said. “My students were absolutely ecstatic when I told them the good news that we were receiving iPads for the classroom. I cannot even begin to describe the joy on their faces.”
According to Linda Broadfoot, IPSEF Executive Director, “The IPSEF works to help students reach their full potential by providing direct support to learning activities. Whenever possible, we look for ways to increase our impact, and this chance to have every dollar matched is an exciting opportunity for us.”
Individuals and companies interested in helping the IPS Education Foundation invest money directly into classrooms may donate online at www.ipsef.org.
About the Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation (IPSEF):
The Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation (IPSEF) exists to serve IPS students and to ensure they have the highest quality classroom experiences possible. IPSEF provides funding for innovative classroom projects to help increase student achievement, serves alumni and boosters in supporting extracurricular activities and provides a key link between community partners and our schools. For more information: www.ipsef.org ∙ www.facebook.com/ipseforg ∙ www.twitter.com/ipseforg