Suzy Zucker Esstman Educational Grant
for Parkway Teachers
NOTE: The application and selection period has ended for 2020. To apply for an Esstman Grant in 2021, please check this webpage in September 2021.
The Parkway Alumni Association (PAA), through the Suzy Esstman Charitable Fund (SECF), is offering grants to Parkway teachers for projects that enrich the education experience for their students.
Projects can be designed to enhance any area of the Parkway curriculum inside or outside the classroom, or in a virtual environment. The ideal project will maintain an educational component while encouraging students to think freely. Preference is given to projects that inspire learning through fun and creative approaches. Grant requests could be materials for literature, manipulatives, equipment, digital resources, field trips, guest speakers, admission/travel expenses, and other things that support learning for students. The grant is not intended for professional development.
The maximum individual grant amount is $500; the total amount of funds to be awarded in 2020-21 is $2,500.
To be eligible for a grant, teachers must be certified and currently teaching in a Parkway preschool, K-12 school or K-12 program (including the Spark! and Fern Ridge programs, but not including before/after school programs). In addition to regular classroom teachers, these teachers include guidance counselors, coaches, specialists and Special School District teachers who teach students in Parkway.
Teachers should complete the Google form at the bottom of this page or by using this Google link. Applications should be submitted by Oct. 15, 2020, at 5 p.m.
The SECF Board of Directors will review and judge all applications. The supervising principal for each selected applicant will be contacted to review the application for compliance with Parkway’s educational mission. All grant awards will be determined by the SECF Board. The PAA will announce the winners of the awards by Nov. 5, 2020.
MAXIMUM AMOUNT PER GRANT
Grants will be for expenses incurred while executing the program, not to exceed the total amount requested in the grant application or $500. Teachers will need to purchase all of the supplies, materials, etc. and turn in receipts to Sandy Riutcel, executive director of the Parkway Alumni Association, for payment. Grant funds will not be dispersed before the receipts are received by the PAA.
The project described in the grant application must be executed within the timeline reported in that application, unless teacher-grantee receives approval from the PAA and SECF Board. Applications will be accepted Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2020, at 5 p.m.
The SECF Board intends to recognize the award recipients, perhaps at a Parkway BOE meeting, the annual Parkway Appreciation Event or any time mutually agreed upon by the SECF and PAA.
ABOUT THE SUZY ESSTMAN CHARITABLE FUND
The SECF was created in memory of Suzy Zucker Esstman [PNH ’81, Alumni HOF ’08] by her family. Its mission is to improve the lives of people in our local community in a way that embodies the spirit and embraces the values of Suzy Esstman. Suzy loved growing and building communities, and one of those was Parkway. She championed ideas which created educational experiences for students and pushed their thinking in fun ways, such as the Pop Open a Book summer reading initiative at Green Trails Elementary.