A number of Long Island schools will start to see everything from ukuleles in music class and sensory diet items in special education lunchrooms, to new math labs and creative coding programs in classrooms, with the help of Jovia Financial Credit Union’s Funding Your Ideas (FYI) Teacher Grants program. In 2019, Jovia awarded nearly $44,000 in grants to support more than 100 different classroom projects in Long Island schools.

This annual program helps fund various classroom and school-wide ideas proposed by teachers, principals and administrators. The eclectic list of projects being supported by the program includes creating a courtyard classroom and butterfly garden in Valley Stream, purchasing laptops for pre-vocational education in Roosevelt, improving a language skills program in Freeport, and purchasing ukuleles for the music department at an elementary school in Farmingdale. The committee awards up to $500 per program.

“We were created by educators over 80 years ago, and our commitment to the profession and the schools they serve on Long Island has long been in our DNA,” said Renu Dalessandro, chief marketing officer at Jovia. “This program is yet another example of how committed we are to supporting and encouraging teachers to deliver the best educational experience for their students. We’re proud to help make these ideas come to life as every one of these projects will have a positive impact in the classroom.”

Click here to view the full list of Long Island schools who received a grant from Jovia. Applications for the 2020 Funding Your Ideas Teacher Grant Program are currently being accepted on our website until October 31, 2020.