CAROGA - A new non-profit group for the Wheelerville Union Free School District has been formed to help fund future classroom projects.
District Superintendent Richard Ruberti Jr. started what is now known as the Wheelerville Educational Foundation Inc. The group filed a Certificate of Incorporation Sept. 13 in the Fulton County Clerk's Office.
Ruberti said money raised by the foundation will be used for small grants that teachers can apply for to do classroom projects. He said a committee is currently being formed, consisting of members of the educational community and general public, which will decide where the money is earmarked.
An example of possible funding would be iPads in the classroom, he said Wednesday.
"The corporation has been formed to promote and support educational opportunities for students at the Wheelerville Union Free School District by building broad community support for public education," the certificate states. "The corporation also has been formed to provide financial and other assistance and support to promote the educational and extracurricular programs at the Wheelerville Union Free School District."
Initial directors listed for the foundation are: Ruberti; Nancy Insogna of Route 29A, Gloversville; and Kristin Barnhill of Oakland Ave., Gloversville. The group received consent from the state Education Department.
The school, located on Route 10, serves 134 students in grades pre-kindergarten through eight.
Ruberti said interest in the new non-profit group is already gathering steam.
"The foundation will have a very positive impact for the district as we look forward to multiple fundraisers each year," he said.
Ruberti, who is in his second year as Wheelerville's superintendent, said he got the idea for the group from a "similar model" when he served as co-principal of Ballston Spa Middle School.
"We're going to do a couple different fundraisers," Ruberti said.
The first fundraiser to benefit the Wheelerville Educational Foundation was a golf tournament recently held at the Nick Stoner Golf Course. Ruberti said 54 golfers helped raise more than $2,000 for the foundation. He said the hope is to do a 5-kilometer race in the spring as another fundraiser.
Ruberti said the hope is to raise $3,000 to $5,000 annually for the foundation.
One of the goals of the foundation is to foster partnerships between the school, the community and businesses.
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