RCS School Grants: Supporting all RCS students to academic success!

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Donation Total: $25.00

Funded by contributions to RCSF

New pieces of music to begin a district music library

Mindfulness Room


Kindergarten lending library        

Your support is critical for success

Dear RCS community,

The Rochester Community School Foundation was established to provide funding for the enhancement of educational opportunities for all students who attend Rochester Community Schools.

Generous donors like you can contribute to the “Where the Need is Greatest” fund anytime to allow teachers to seek funding twice a year for programs or classroom incentives!

Because of you … 


Critical contributions designated to our “Where the Need is Greatest” fund, allowed us to award $37,954 in 2020 to RCS TEACHERS to support their amazing grant initiatives and enhance the  educational experience of students across the district. This fund included 88 families who made personal donations to say thanks to their favorite RCS staff members.

2020 projects supported by this fund include the following.

  • $6,020 to help the curriculum department purchase 430 Mathematical Mindsets books for all K-12 math educators
  • $1,500 to help Laura Kirklin and Lara Cornish purchase inclusive playground equipment at Delta Kelly
  • $577 to help Kristina Nichols purchase adaptive educational toys for the SXI classroom at Delta Kelly
  • $500 to help Elizabeth Roberts purchase a second-step early learning classroom kit for ECSE preschool students
  • $2,422 to help Julie Schmidt purchase a large tabletop lightboard at Hart Middle School
  • $250 to help Kurt David purchase books and supplies to support study skills, social skills and anti-bullying efforts at Hart Middle School
  • $1,000 to help Jacqueline Brandenburg create a STEM center in each first-grade classroom at Hugger
  • $4,560 to help Long Meadow and University Hills purchase Literacy Footprints Kits for fifth-graders
  • $2,020 to help Wendy Beitel purchase books for reading recovery lessons
  • $3,539 to help the Transitional KG (TK) team; Tracie Bailey, Cheryl Becker, Elizabeth Lang, Donielle Salazer, and Christina Massey
    purchase 480 “Sulzby books” for the Transitional KG (TK) program at McGregor, UHills, Brewster, Baldwin and Delta Kelly.
  • $6,058 to help Sarah Kirby and Valerie Ruckes create an Elementary Book Room at RCS Virtual Campus
  • Click here to view pictures and staff testimonials!

Your contribution makes a difference!

Help us reach our goal and support every student!

Your support helps fund resources and educational programs that are above and beyond what the district could otherwise provide.  

Please join us in our efforts to encourage teachers to continuously seek funding to keep student learning equitable and ensure all students are equipped, prepared and confident to excel in school!  

Any donation is appreciated!

Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps!

Thank you for your consideration!

This is Where Your Donation Will Go:

  • “Where the Need is Greatest” fund for RCS teachers and administrators 
    • RCS teachers and administrators are encouraged to seek funding for programs by completing a Funding Request Form. This opportunity is available two times a year in November and February. 
  • 3rd party payment processing fee
  • Fulfillment labor & materials

Total Projected Goal  is !

Our educators have the most inspiring ideas to enhance our students’ educational opportunities. Your support will help bring their ideas to fruition!

Jessica Opfer

January 25, 2022


January 22, 2022

Suresh Gobichettipalayam Subramani

December 23, 2021

Debra Hartman

August 8, 2021

The RCS Foundation Grant program a great way to support students and teachers!

Orlando Castro

May 26, 2021

I wish to designate my donation to "Where The Need Is Greatest"

Travis Mihelick

May 7, 2021

Timothy Corcoran

May 7, 2021

Fred Holwey

March 12, 2021

Kristine Bryant

February 23, 2021

Qiuxia Li

January 19, 2021

Jessica Maniscalco

January 6, 2021

Paul Krolicki

January 5, 2021

Brett Bowyer

January 5, 2021

Ramona Winarski

January 4, 2021

Felipe Azzali

January 1, 2021

I am very thankful for all the help the wonderful team at Early On has been providing us! Thank you Cornelia Samoila, Deborah Zimmerman & Chris Sundt, you are very special people and professionals!

Glenn Gouldey

December 29, 2020

Scott Sawyer

December 29, 2020

Christine Weemhoff

December 29, 2020


December 28, 2020

Andy Birko

December 28, 2020

Michael Gluhanich

December 28, 2020

Anonymous Anonymous

December 25, 2020

Gregory Cunningham

December 22, 2020