What is School Spirit?
School Spirit – two simple words that create a flood of memories – pep rallies, homecoming dances, best friends, broken romances, and a time where anything was possible and you were invincible.
Today, School Spirit is a way to give back to the schools that prepared you for life. School districts are facing challenges never before seen in the history of public education. Educators are being asked to do significantly more – with less resources.
In 2000, the Green Bay Area Public School District formed an educational endowment to support excellence in teaching and learning. Mini-grants are awarded to district staff three times a year to explore creative ways of delivering educational experiences. The most successful efforts can become the basis for district-wide programs, and serve as models for school districts across the country.
Make a difference
Many of us have had teachers who made a difference in our lives. Now it’s time to give back and help a teacher reach their dreams. Your gift to School Spirit can help take a classroom project from interesting to extraordinary. You can designate your donation to the following categories:
Or have your donation honor your alma mater, a favorite teacher, or a former student. Send your tax-deductible gift to:
c/o Greater Green Bay Community Foundation
310 West Walnut Street Green Bay, WI 54303
Or donate online now!
Apply for a grant
School Spirit supports excellence in the teaching and learning process. The endowment helps kick-start innovative projects and/or enhanced learning opportunities.
Today’s innovation can lead to tomorrow’s common practices. That’s why society puts a premium on creativity and new ideas. Most of the efficient processes and techniques we use today began as someone’s, “Hey, I have a great idea!
School Spirit has been created for the Green Bay Area Public School District teachers, staff, students, and parents. Mini-grants are awarded to explore creative ways of delivering educational experiences. Innovation is key to School Spirit. It is not meant to replace the on-going public support of education, but rather enhance learning opportunities by the initiation and customization of creative educational practices. The most successful efforts can become the basis for district-wide programs and serve as models for school districts across the country.
The generosity of many local families, alumni, corporations, and foundations has made the dream of School Spirit a reality.
The grant process
Applications are accepted from any employee, student, or parent association of the Green Bay Area Public School District with the consent of their principal (or department head, if applicable). Any school-related academic activity qualifies.
The typical grant ranges from $200 to $500. For larger grants, you may consider applying through the regular Community Foundation Grant Application process. Contact the Foundation at 432-0800 for more information.
The deadline for submitting grant applications is October 1. If the deadline is on a weekend or holiday, applications are due the last business day prior to the deadline October 1. Decisions are available within four weeks of the application deadline.
Contact the Foundation at 432-0800 for informal guidance before completing the application materials.
Please direct inquiries and applications to:
Martha Ahrendt, Program Officer
Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Inc.
310 West Walnut Street, Suite 350
Green Bay, WI 54303
The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 public charity.