It was good news for all 11 schools in the Andover Public School District Tuesday as the Andover Advantage Foundation (AAF) Prize Patrol presented the district with a check for more than $75,000.
This was a significant increase over the $55,000 awarded in 2012.
Volunteers with balloons spread out across the district to present 55 Academic Advantage Grants to teachers and administrators.
"What a privilege to accompany Andover Advantage Foundation volunteers on the Prize Patrol today," said Superintendent of Schools Greg Rasmussen. "The grants our district receives from the Foundation make a tremendous difference and provide extra learning opportunities for our students."
AAF received 86 grant requests totaling more than $140,000 from teachers and administrators. The grants were reviewed by AAF's allocation committee. This year the committee worked with District Director of Technology Rob Dickson from the district Technology Department and Assistant Superintendent for Academic Affairs Jill Lachenmayr to make sure the grants awarded were in line with district goals.
"The amount of collaboration we saw this year was really exciting," said Andover Advantage President Jennifer Steinkamp. "We had two separate district-wide grants that involved all the elementary schools. We also received grants that had already received partial funding from their PTO. It's great when AAF and the PTO's can combine our resources to benefit classrooms."
AAF, a non-profit 501 (c)3, has worked closely with the Andover Public School District for the last 16 years. After this year's grant cycle it brings the total given to Andover Public Schools to over $800,000!
"We are extremely grateful for the support of our parents, staff and community members through the Andover Advantage Foundation," Rasmussen said. "Thank you."
For additional information about AAF, visit www.andoveradvantage.org.