Funded Grants and Projects

The East Rochester Alumni Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2005. In March 2007 the ERAF was designated a 501 (c) (3) Public Charity by the Internal Revenue Service.

The Foundation’s primary focus is to be the organization through which alumni and other friends of the East Rochester School District collectively encourage and support programs which promote excellence in education and encourage motivated students to discover and pursue their full potential.

Using funds received from inpidual donations as well as from our various fundraising activities, the Foundation provides “Excellence in Education” grants for the benefit of all students. Several members of the Foundation review grant applications and recommend the acceptance or rejection of each grant to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Foundation operating expenses are covered solely by donations from our Board of Directors.

Since 2007, “Excellence in Education” Grants awarded by the Alumni Foundation total over $115,000. During the 2016-2017 school year the Alumni Foundation awarded a wide variety of grants supporting students in grades Preschool through 12.


After School Advantage: Funds were again donated to help support this popular and highly effective after-school academic-enrichment program for grades 6-12, run by teachers and volunteers.

Aquatics Special Olympics: Money was once again provided for t-shirts for ER Bomber athletes and the volunteers/ supporters representing our school at the April swim competition.

Building Minds in South Sudan: Funds were granted for this special visit from a young man – one of the Lost Boys of Sudan – to speak to our middle- and high-school students in late April about the challenges he faced and overcame in his long journey to America, and how he has shaped his life here. In his honor, our donation went toward the ongoing construction of schools in South Sudan.

Elementary Family Superheroes Learning Night: The goal of this initiative, in its second year, is to engage families in different fun learning opportunities. This year we provided a grant for math, science, and sensory materials and games, along with backpacks and refreshments.

FITS (Fun in the Sun) scholarships: Money was again provided for kids entering grades 1-7 to attend this fun and educational summer-enrichment program.

Girls with Goals: The Alumni Foundation was proud to provide a third year of funding for this initiative, which serves to empower girls in grades 7-10 to make important decisions with increased confidence, through intervention and support. This year, two of our Distinguished Alumni Award recipients – the Hon. Vicki Argento ’80 and Mary Steigerwald Whittier ’83 – also generously donated their time to be guest speakers.

High School Science Olympiad Team: For the eighth year, funds were granted to this award-winning team to pay for materials used in competitions. Each year members of the team come to an Alumni Foundation Board meeting to demonstrate some of their entries. Their talent, ingenuity, and hard work is clearly evident.

Middle-Level Alumni Connection Day: Funds were donated for t-shirts for this special day in June, when students in grades 6-8 meet with alumni, compete in fun grade-level contests, and enjoy a picnic.

Quarterly recognition of Honor Roll students: Money was again given for lunch-time ice cream sundaes for Junior/ Senior High students who earned a spot on the honor or credit rolls.

Second-grade smoke detectors: As in 2015-16, funds were provided to help pay for new smoke detectors for our second-graders. This partnership with the ER Fire Department – started as a way to remember and honor Tyler Doohan, who died in January 2014 – allows each child to receive a smoke detector during their annual October visit to the firehouse.

Senior Bash: Again this year, funding was granted to help seniors who couldn’t otherwise afford to attend this year-end overnight celebration, which encourages them to have safe, responsible, substance-free fun.

Student of the Month backpacks: Funds were again used for orange ER backpacks for this program, which honors Junior/Senior High students for making positive contributions to the school community.

Washington D.C. trips: Money was donated to the Class of ’21 and the Class of ’18 (who were unable to go three years ago, as eighth-graders) for admission to the National Aquarium, in Baltimore. This excursion on the way home from our nation’s capital has proven to be one of the most popular aspects of the traditional trip.

‘Welcome to ER’ Urban-Suburban Picnic: Funds were once again provided for an August picnic for our new Urban-Suburban students and their families as a way to welcome them to our ER family.

The Alumni Foundation sincerely appreciates all who have supported us, whether through our fundraisers or donations. Together we are providing our students with opportunities that truly help make our District special.

Funded Grants 2012-2013

Funded Grants 2014-2015

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