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North Syracuse educators awarded NSEF grants to enhance programming

The teachers/staff pictured were present at the May 6 Board of Education meeting. From left to right (back row): Michelle Koehler, Molly Murphy, LeeAnn Phelps, Jessica Keane, Sara Bambino, Ashley Mastrorilli, Lindsay Marzullo, Carla Donohue and (kneeling) Kathryn Moran, Kathy Conese, Julianna Carmichel and Robin Makepeace. 
Twenty-five North Syracuse Central School District educators were recently recognized for grants written to the North Syracuse Education Foundation (NSEF) in their 2024 Education Grant Awards Program. NSEF is a 501C3 non-profit dedicated to serving our public schools by providing resources to support quality education through creative opportunities, and innovative/imaginative approaches. 

Since 2003, NSEF has provided hundreds of grants totaling more than $300,000 across all schools and all grades PreK-12. The NSEF grants are supported by generous donations from the community, mainly private businesses and are tax-deductible per current laws.

The mission of the Foundation is to sponsor activities and projects intended to enhance the education and cultural enrichment of the students of the North Syracuse Central School District. The activities are not funded by the regular school budget. For more info check out the NSEF Facebook or website at
This year, the following 14 projects totaling over $16K were funded thanks to grants being written to the Foundation by faculty and staff:

Allen Road Elementary School: Kathy Conese for Using Magnetic Tiles to Support Learning
KWS Bear Road Elementary School: Julianna Carmichel for Dynamic Shelves for Dynamic Readers
Cicero Elementary School: Michelle Koehler and Molly Murphy for Calm Corners for Cicero Elementary and Cori Patterson for Drumming Positivity Project
Cicero-North Syracuse High School: Jennifer Fischer for Restock Mobile Maker Space to Cultivate Mindsets; Jessica Keane for Monet Traveling Art Exhibit; Sara Bambino and Ashley Mastrorilli for Literature Alive - The Great Gatsby; Robin Makepeace for Audiometer
North Syracuse Early Education Program: Ellen Marvar, Kathryn Moran and Leann Phelps for Learning at Our Fingertips
North Syracuse Junior High School: Carla Donohue for Encore! Encore!; Jody Barnes and Amanda Kelly for Audiometer Machine with Headset; Tracy Liberman, Tiffany Ciarico and Daniel Todisco for Feast or Famine - a Len’s Perspective
Smith Road Elementary School:  Lindsay Marzullo, Anne Marie Leaf, Elise Gray, Danielle Preville and Alicia Vinciguerra for Second Graders Soar Into Reading
North Syracuse Junior High School and Cicero-North Syracuse High School: Danielle Rausa for I Have a Dream (Hazer for the Performing Arts/Music Dept)