Alcoa Foundation Awards Over $300,000 to Local Organizations

October 1, 2012


Alcoa Foundation has awarded $301,000 in grants to benefit seven local organizations, including a $53,000 grant to Jefferson Elementary School to install smart board technology in every classroom.


Jefferson principal Duane Richards and a group of Jefferson teachers collaborated on a proposal to increase the level of student engagement and learning opportunities by purchasing and installing smart boards and projectors in every classroom. This grant aligns with one of Alcoa Foundation’s key focus areas, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.


“The smart board technology makes it easier for teachers to bring the physical world into their classrooms and create lessons that are vibrant, interactive and easy to understand,” Richards said, speaking from experience, as several classrooms already have the technology in place.


Other new grants this year include $120,000 for Clarkson University’s “Mytholympic Games,” a program for academically-talented students modeled after the popular Myth Busters television show; $38,500 for the St. Lawrence County Community Development program, which runs the county’s Neighborhood Centers, to develop a tracking system for food pantry-users to ensure as many needy families as possible are benefiting from the program, and to create a nutrition and healthy cooking program; and $18,047 for the Friends of the Robert Moses State Park Nature Center to fund the “Mind, Body & Soul – Come Alive!” program, which will provide outdoor-related physical and creative opportunities to help participants improve their health and develop an interest in the environment.


In addition, payments were made on multi-year grants to Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation, $40,000 for a cardiac monitoring system; Canton-Potsdam Hospital Foundation, $16,453 to support the geo-thermal component of its new cancer treatment center and; $15,000 to the St. Lawrence/North Country Communication Foundation to support the FISHCAP economic development program.