PTA Achievements (2012-2013 School Year)
Good News! Cooper School is on a roll in convincing foundations to help us pay for needed equipment. Following the Cherry Hill Education Foundation's commitment to pay $5,000 towards laptops and other technology, PTA has learned that our grant request to purchase a Peaceful Playground was awarded $1,500 by the Jewish Community Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League- No Place for Hate.
This is great news because now PTA only needs to come up with $2,100 to transform our battered blacktop space into a "Peaceful Playground." By resurfacing the blacktop with brightly colored circles, grids and other stencils, we will be able to turn what is now pretty much wasted space into an attractive area designed to involve more children in active play while teaching them to solve problems on their own. In the spring, we will be asking for volunteers interested in designing the playground and helping to repaint the surface. According to the company website, you don't need to have any particular expertise in engineering or painting - just a desire and enthusiasm to make the playground a better place for our children.
Please visit http://www.peacefulplaygrounds.com/ for more information and email PTA President Jayne Bloom at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in being part of this exciting transformation.
Many thanks to everyone who helped shape the grant proposal, including fifth-grader Aidan Simms who submitted an essay about why Cooper School needs better playground options.
We are pleased to announce MAJOR GOOD NEWS!
Librarian Jennifer Sedlock's grant proposal to subsidize the purchase of 10 laptops and related technology HAS BEEN APPROVED by the Cherry Hill Education Foundation (CHEF)! CHEF has agreed to pay $5,000 toward the price tag. As part of the agreement, PTA will pick up the remainder of the bill, raising the money through our various fundraising efforts. This is a major contribution toward PTA's goal of purchasing dedicated laptop computers for every grade level in the school. We are so proud of Mrs. Sedlock!