Each year, the Foundation makes donations for the high school library and school instruments through the Class of ’60 endowment fund and the Make More Music campaign. Kids Connection also provides support for individual student needs. Donations from the Foundation to the Canton Central School District have grown each year since the first transfer of funds in 2009-2010. Below is a brief history of projects and activities supported through the Canton Golden Bear Education Foundation.
E-reader pilot program for libraries, author/illustrator Matt McElligott, field trips for 4th, 5th, and 8th grade classes, Smartboards for 2 classrooms, iPads for 6th grade science and Global 9, Global 10, and AP Government classes, Academics First incentives, French/Spanish field trip to Montreal, Science Club competitions and field trips, periodical subscription for Social Studies, Art display case, Guidance funds for participation in Gateways Job/Interview Fair, Dining Etiquette seminar, ITS Department Annual Awards Ceremony, Global History/Earth Science field trip to the Alcoa factory and the Seaway.
Funded items that were going to be cut from the district budget: the Fall play, Whiz Quiz, girls’ hockey, and the girls’ modified lacrosse team.
Donations supported elementary school hosting of author/storyteller/wilderness guide, James Bruchac, middle School field trips, and high school performance by Jared Campbell, speaker and singer.
The Foundation’s first donation to the school supported a 4-day storytelling workshop by Bairbre McCarthy which culminated in a community performance.