We are featuring our Adopt-a-Classroom Fund this September as students and teachers return to the classroom. The Adopt-a-Classroom Fund of the OCF was established in December 2021 as a Designated Fund. The first grants from this fund were awarded in 2022.  

This fund was established to help teachers defray some of the costs of supplying classroom resources. The burden on teachers to provide supplies that enhance their classrooms and learning environments increased significantly during the pandemic. For the 2022-2023 school year, The Adopt-a-Classroom Fund supported the following educators:  

  • Gaylord Community Schools: all K-6 educators were awarded funds to enhance instructional activities across the curriculum, impacting over 1,400 students. 
  • Johannesburg-Lewiston Area School: all K-8 educators were awarded funds to increase hands-on learning, impacting over 430 students.  
  • Vanderbilt Area School: all K-12 educators were awarded funds to enhance instruction across all curriculum platforms, impacting over 100 students.  

For the 2023-2024 school year, $28,200 will be awarded, going to 32 educators at South Maple Elementary, 34 educators at North Ohio Elementary, 36 educators at Gaylord Intermediate School, 10 educators in Vanderbilt schools, and 29 in Johannesburg-Lewiston schools.  

Here are some of the creative and purposeful ways Otsego County teachers put this money to use during the 2022-2023 school year:  

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