Eight Teams & Clubs Receive Community Grant Awards
The TJ Partnership Fund Board could not be more pleased with the results of its new Community Grant Program. In the program’s pilot year, TJPF awarded five grants totaling $5,470. This fall, the PF significantly increased its support, awarding eight grants totaling $8,950 to deserving groups whose projects enrich the student experience and the surrounding community:
Aerospace Initiative ($1,500): This club of almost 100 students engaged in Team America Rocketry Challenge, drone projects, and TJ CubeSat, in addition to Battle of the Rockets (BoTR), needed funding to send four BoTR teams to competitions.
Art Club ($900): Club members hoped to purchase art supplies for school beautification projects, including a wishing tree, and to invite speakers to discuss the influence of art on their STEM work.
Band Boosters ($1,500): For eleven years, Band Boosters has raised about $5,000/year towards replacing worn and outdated uniforms. The parent group is holding its “Fill the Shako” (marching band hat) fundraiser in order to raise the last $15,000 needed.
Bioinformatics Society ($1,000): This club that teaches students how to use computer programming and mathematical concepts to solve important biological problems sought funding to support a new event featuring speakers and computational challenges.
CubeSat ($1,500): The class/club group requested funds to purchase specially designed CubeSat kits for their outreach satellite workshop so that they could make CubeSat technology accessible to less privileged students.
Cultivators of the Earth ($750): The club sought funding to purchase perennials for the raised bed alongside the Dome area, along with tools and mulch, for beautification as well as for possible use in propagation experiments in the new greenhouse.
HackTJ 4.0 ($1,500): Organizers of this successful annual hackathon, which hosted over 450 students for HackTJ 3.0 (see photo of Gym 1, above), needed funding for a generator to bring supplementary power to Gym II — slated to open by the end of November — so that even more students — from TJ and other schools — can participate.
PC(re)Builders ($300): The club needed tools and supplies for students to use when refurbishing donated computers.