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Nassau BOCES educators win grants to benefit students

Nassau BOCES employees were awarded grants totaling almost $50,000 through the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation. The grants will be used to purchase a 3-D printer, watches and timers, a Zenergy Ball Chair, master classes from professionals, a Sensory cart along with other projects.

“Over the years we have supported a lot of highly exciting projects that have had an impact on our students,” said Dr. John Gangemi, Foundation Chairperson. “A total of 273 grants totaling over $400,000 have been awarded since the inception of this program in 2007.”

Students at Jerusalem Avenue Elementary School will benefit from a grant to buy Zenergy ball chairs to help with their movement and balance. “These adaptive chairs will help to improve student attention and focus,” said Nicole Rosamilia, Occupational Therapist and grant recipient.

Long Island High School for the Arts students will have the opportunity to learn from professionals from the American Ballet Theater residency and the Roundabout Theatre Lighting Design program thanks to grants from the Foundation, explained Jerry Nobile, instructor at the school.

The Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting initiatives beyond the scope of the agency’s budget. The organization raises funds through events such as its annual gala recognizing honorees of the Nassau BOCES Education Partner awards program. Now in its eighth year, the awards program honors people and organizations that share Nassau BOCES’ commitment to public education.

“This foundation is a fine example of an extended family. The resources help to supplement what we do here at Nassau BOCES,” said Dr. Robert R. Dillon, Nassau BOCES District Superintendent.

Grant-funded teaching innovation is just one way the agency fulfills its goal to ensure student success. Nassau BOCES will continue to set the standard for high-quality programs and services that enable all students to reach their full potential.

About Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation

The Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation is an independent, non-profit, community-based organization. Its purpose is to acquire and distribute funds to enhance educational opportunities for all students who attend or take part in Nassau BOCES schools, services or programs. The Foundation supports initiatives that are beyond the scope of the agency’s budget and will actively seek donations, grants and government funds.

 About Nassau BOCES

A vital regional resource, Nassau BOCES offers state-of-the-art programs for learners of all ages and abilities as well as cost-effective services for school districts and municipalities. We empower students to achieve their maximum potential in alternative, artistic, outdoor, special education, virtual, and career and technical environments. We offer adult education and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs that are vital to improving the Long Island regional economy. In addition, our technology services form the backbone of many school districts’ infrastructure. As the county’s educational leader in implementing the state’s reform efforts, we are helping to shape the future of education. To learn more, visit and like us

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