Fighting Poverty with Passion
Today is my last day with STEM Library Lab and Tulane Center for Public Service as an AmeriCorps VISTA. It has been a time to see the challenge, find a solution and move on to the next challenge—no time to celebrate accomplishments. So I thought back over the year and realized there have indeed definitely been some capacity building accomplishments. These successes were achieved even with the mandates and constraints of COVID-19. Follow along with me as I reminisce. Photos are in my penultimate blog, if you are interested.
– SLL on Wheels Delivery Service-our branded van to assure all Teachers have access to equipment
– Educator Resource Center expanded to include a poster printer and laminator and Cricut
– Equipment Lending Library expanded to > $180,000 of inventory to include robotics, drones, and 3-D printer
– Teacher Free Store opened allowing Teachers to pick up supplies for their classrooms at no cost
GRANTS AWARDED to STEM Library Lab – FY 2019-2020
Most grants were written in partnership with Todd Wackerman, Director and some on my own. We requested grants totaling $405,700. With awards of $95,500 we achieved a 23.5% success rate. That far surpasses a suggested average of 10% success.
|Pro Bono Publico||Inventory Purchase-Library||10/23/2019||$5,000.00|
|Entergy Charitable Foundation||Inventory Purchase-Library||7/31/2019||$5,000.00|
|Cox Communications Sponsorships||Teacher Co-hort Research Center||9/1/2019||$2,500.00|
|Vincent Memorial Legacy Fund (VML)-Trinity Episcopal Church||Teacher Co-Hort Research Center||9/25/2019||$3,000.00|
|Selley Foundation of GNOF||Delivery Service-initial van purchase, set-up||10/15/2019||$16,000.00|
|New Orleans Hash House Harriers||Curriculum Development||9/15/2019||$4,000.00|
My heartfelt thanks is extended to Nicole Reeder, Tulane CPS Senior Program Coordinator, Traditional VISTA Cohort. Nicole has always been there with support and help whenever needed.