For many years, Mt. Airy & Chestnut Hill public school teachers have stated that they do not have the financial resources available to buy teaching materials and supplies in and out of their classrooms. These supplies are essential to bettering public school students’ learning experiences.
Mt. Airy & Chestnut Hill public school teachers are either forced to pay for materials with their own personal funds or, worse yet, avoid purchasing these materials because of lack of approval and funding from the School District. The result is missed educational opportunities, lower teacher morale and lower quality public school education.
During the past three years, the Mt. Airy Teacher’s Fund has provided more than $32,000 in grants to 57 public school teachers in Mt. Airy’s five public schools. This year, we are extending the teacher's fund to include three Chestnut Hill public schools: Jenks, McCloskey, and Parkway Northwest. Applications approved and funded were for classroom and art supplies, technology improvements, educational trips and much more.
The Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill Teacher’s Fund was established to provide small grants ($50-$500) to Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill public school teachers each year.
Teachers seeking these grants are asked to complete an application spelling out the cost and educational opportunities to be created by funding their proposal.
Grants are provided in the form of reimbursement to teachers upon presentation of purchase receipts equal to or less than the grant award amount.
The application for the Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill Teacher's Fund is open to any teacher (or group of teachers) who teach in one of the following Mt. Airy & Chestnut Hill public schools: AB Day, Emlen, Henry, Houston, Lingelbach, Jenks, McCloskey, and Parkway Northwest.
Applications are reviewed by nine Teacher’s Fund committee members using established criteria that takes the following indicators into consideration:
- geographic balance,
- educational benefit,
- cost effectiveness and
- curriculum weaknesses
The Teacher’s Fund committee members are a racially and economically diverse group from the Mt. Airy & Chestnut Hill community. Members include retired teachers, administrators, parents, community members and a Principal.
Wednesday, September 26th - Online Application Open
Monday, October 15th - Information Session for Teachers (Deli area of Trolley Car Diner from 6:30-7:30pm)
Tuesday, October 23rd - Information Session for Teachers (Deli area of Trolley Car Diner from 6:30-7:30pm)
Friday, November 9th - Grant Application Deadline (no apps accepted after midnight)
Wednesday, November 28th - Grant Announcement Letters Mailed
Monday, December 3rd - Grant Winners Publicized