WHO WE ARE
Building Equity in
Learning Long Term
Ossining Bell Equity Fund
The Ossining Union Free School District seeks partners to support its mission to advance equity of access and opportunities and eliminate barriers to success for children and youth. The Ossining School District is a high-need public school district in Westchester County, NY with a student enrollment of 5,097. Ossining is a vibrant community with an ethnically, racially, culturally and socio-economically diverse population. Many students face challenges including poverty, language barriers and limited access to services and opportunities that encourage healthy development, school readiness, academic success and pathways to higher education and careers. Over 64% of students live in poverty and 10% lack WiFi access. District data point to gaps in the educational attainment and high school graduation rate of students from underrepresented groups.
In response to these needs, the district has created the BELL (Building Equity in Learning Long-term) Equity Fund with a mission to:
be responsive to needs
advance programs, practices and policies to help ensure that students have what they need to be successful.
The district seeks partners in service of equity and excellence, prioritizing the four areas to the right.
How can YOU help transform students’ lives?
Donate to Ossining MATTERS, the district’s education foundation. Earmark your check for the BELL/Equity Fund. Checks can be made payable to Ossining MATTERS, Inc. and sent to Amy Seiden, 49 Croton Dam Rd, Ossining, NY 10562. Donations may also be made online.
Early Literacy &
Goal: Offer critically-needed early learning experiences to enable children in poverty to develop foundational skills on par with children from more affluent backgrounds to prepare for school entry and success.
Strategy: Family and Literacy Experiences, Comprehensive Family Services, Home Visits.
for Children & Youth
Goal: Augment enriching experiences during out-of-school time to help students develop cognitively, academically, socioemotionally, and help them explore new interests and skills.
Strategy: Extended-day programs, college visits, mentoring, internships.
College & Career Readiness
Goal: Provide financial support to high school students to prepare them for admission and transition to college.
Strategy: SAT Prep courses, fees for college-level courses and college applications.
Access to Technology
Goal: Ensure that all students have access to technology to engage in instructional activities, so they are not isolated and marginalized from the general school population.
Strategy: Purchase of mobile devices and mobile WiFi hotspots for students with connectivity barriers.
Any questions? Contact the BELL Equity Fund team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ossining MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible. Please check with your accountant or tax professional for more information.
If you're interested in discussing collaboration or partnership ideas, please contact Dr. Raymond Sanchez, Superintendent of Schools, email@example.com, (914) 941-7700.