A gala dinner dance proved to be a big success for the educational foundation supporting Briarcliff schools….
The Briarcliff Manor Education Foundation (BMEF) raised $84,200 at its annual dinner dance on April 19. It also announced the award of a grant for an electronic music lab ($76,000) at the middle school. Nine additional grants ($35,059) will be underwritten, a total of $111,835, for the 2013-2014 school year.
The electronic music lab, consisting of iMac computers, piano controller keyboards, electric and bass guitars, an electronic drum kit, a mixing board, Jam Hub practice studios, and software for composition, notation, music theory ear-training and history, will support 21st century education skills.
Granted to the Todd School: 5 SMART Document cameras to be used with SMART Boards, funding for the Pushkin Players production, five portable amplification systems for the kindergarten team and the Daily Five, an initiative for a daily literacy framework, for Mrs. DiGilio’s second grade classroom.
Granted to Briarcliff Middle School: Three SMART Document cameras to the English department, and a two-year subscription to Explore Learning’s Gizmo website, which features simulations and lessons, to the science and math departments.
Granted to Briarcliff High School: gym equipment to outfit its newly-constructed work out area, used in gym class and available to all students and for team training, and a Mac Book Pro laptop to Briars & Ivy, the school’s award-winning literary magazine, in order to properly use the required layout programs.
260 people attended the dinner dance fundraiser on April 19. Former BMEF co-president, Heather McVeigh, was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the organization.