Entries by Jeanine Bischoff

Rippleffect working to get kids outside this spring

The pandemic has meant Rippleffect’s Cow Island is off limits, forcing the Portland-based organization to shift its programming. After a summer and fall of programming pivots due to the pandemic, Rippleffect is planning to get creative again to get Portland middle school students outside this spring. The nonprofit organization will get students outdoors and physically […]

Meet Eloise!

Eloise Colhoun is a twelve-year-old, sixth grade student at the Friends School of Portland. Over Thanksgiving break, she and her dad watched a video of huge lines of people lined up for Thanksgiving meals. Eloise was profoundly affected by the scene and decided to take action to address food insecurity in her own community. She […]

PPS Food Fund Grant Applications Open

Our partner, Food Fuels Learning, is releasing another round of PPS Food Fund Grants up to $2,500 are available for organizations or projects that work to build immediate or long-term food security for PPS students and families. Visit foodfuelslearning.org/PPS-food-fund1.html to learn more and apply. The deadline for this round of applications is February 12, 2021.

Edward H Daveis Benevolent Fund Grant Received

The Foundation for Portland Public Schools received a grant from the Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. With these funds, the Portland Public Schools PreK program will create an interactive, multilingual video resource for families to learn strategies of how to support their children at home around the Maine Early Learning […]

EnviroLogix Donates to Further STEM initiatives and Teacher Innovations

EnviroLogix, a Portland-based diagnostic company, gave two grants totaling $16,000 in late 2020 to the Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) through the EBI Foundation, their parent organization’s (Ensign-Bickford Industries) charitable fund. With a focus on fostering innovation in the classroom, these grants will enhance learning experiences and support the goals of the district’s strategic […]

Portland schools get money to diversify staff

Article from The Forecaster, by Micheal Kelly Portland school officials hope a $10,000 grant from UNUM that the Foundation for Portland Public Schools received last month will help to diversify the district’s staff and complement work underway in the Portland Promise, the district’s goal of rooting out systemic inequalities and attracting and retaining a diverse […]

Unum Donates $10,000 to Diversify Teaching Staff in Portland Schools

Unum has donated $10,000 to the Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) to strengthen efforts to recruit, hire, and retain a more diverse staff within the Portland Public Schools. This grant is part of the Foundation’s Addressing the Opportunity Gap Campaign, a community campaign to accelerate and deepen the school district’s equity work. The Portland […]

FPPS Awards over $48,000 to Portland Teachers

The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) has completed its twelfth annual fall teacher grants program cycle. Sixty-one teachers have been awarded grants totaling $48,595, impacting over 8,000 students at all grade levels in 16 schools across the district. The Equity and Innovation Teachers Grants Program supports PPS teachers in their efforts to enrich education, innovate in […]

Spectrum Donation Helps Portland Public Schools Technology Needs

Spectrum donated 25 new laptop computers to Portland Adult Education (PAE) and $2,500 to the Foundation for Portland Public Schools to kick off the academic year while addressing coronavirus related needs of the school district. Spectrum, a key Internet service provider in the state, has been working with the Maine Department of Education and others […]