Thank Terrific Teachers

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A fundraising campaign for Ithaca Public Education Initiative

Thank Terrific Teachers!

IPEI believes that our teachers deserve appreciation. That's why we have dedicated 20 years to empowering them to innovate while connecting school and community. We know these connections enhance education for all students.

Your Gifts Support IPEI grants.

Notification of your gift will be sent to the teacher of your choice. After you enter your payment information you will have the chance to leave us a message. Simply enter the name of the teacher you wish to thank, and the teacher's school for notification.

"Thank you for your continued support of quality education in our district. IPEI grants have an immense impact on the positive growth of our students and community. IPEI is a welcome support to our daily efforts to impart high quality learning."    

-Samuel Trechter, teacher, Belle Sherman and Caroline Elementary Schools

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About the Organization

Ithaca Public Education Initiative

IPEI supports educators with innovative ideas that energize the curriculum and foster authentic learning experiences that reach all students. Our programs bring a diverse range of community resources into the classroom, stretching students’ imaginations, increasing engagement, and enhancing education. IPEI currently has three distinct grant programs to help SPARK student learning:

Teacher Grants provide up to $1,500 for projects that fund teachers’ great ideas involving community partners and aligning with NYS Learning Standards.

Red and Gold Grants are one-time awards up to $500 to teachers, staff, students or community members for projects that strengthen and enrich classroom and/or school projects and have a positive impact on student engagement.

Connecting Classrooms Grants were introduced in 2014-15. Funded by the Our Children * Our Schools * Our Future capital campaign, these grants encourage partnerships within and across Ithaca schools.