Mission: The rochester education foundation is an independent organization whose mission is to provide programs and resources to improve learning and success for all rochester city public school students through partnerships with educators, businesses and the community.
Programs: The organization concluded its role in the greater rochester health foundation's childhood healthy weight initiative, as scheduled. Through june, ref supported consultants at three city schools. The goal of the program was to increase the percentage of 4 to 10 year olds in the city who are at a healthy weight by increasing healthy eating habits and physical activity.
spring for music opportunities. This program provides city students with opportunities to play, perform and excel in the field of music. Ref collected and donated 478 musical instruments for city students in 2017, bringing the total of musical instruments donated since the program launch in 2005 to 1,946. The organization also supported music scholarships for summer music lessons, and the purchase of instruments so college-bound students can audition and receive scholarships. The organization also supported the purchase of music for ensembles and refreshments to support the citywide marching band. This program is primarily supported through contributions.
college access: through ref's college access collaborative, rochester college access network (rcan), ref has worked with colleges and universities, community organizations, businesses and individuals to provide information, guidance and activities so that more rochester city students can go to college - and reach their full potential. In 2017 ref provided fafsa fest, a series of 5 community events in the winter and three in the fall through which students and a parent receive free help filling out and submitting the free application for federal student aid. The organization also trained volunteers so they will be able to help fill out these forms. Continued on schedule o. Ref also supported 10th grade college visits for city students, a 9th grade informational program about college and support of a special website to help students apply to college (rochestercan. Org). This program is primarily supported through contributions.
give back, give books. Ref supports student book clubs, parent-student reading events and a wide range of literacy projects for city students through teachers' choice, a program within give back, give books. The organization has given more than 41,300 new books to city students for reading activities in class and to enjoy at home since 2006. In 2017 ref provided 2,308 new books or magazine subscriptions to 41 educators at city schools. Books are then given to students for their home libraries. Other programs: ref provides valuable field trip and other resources to students at dr. Walter cooper academy school no. 10, and helps students discover the great outdoors with a club at wilson high school. In 2016, ref added the one step closer partner program. This program provides new sneakers to students in need. Ref also supported gardens at two schools through the generosity of a private donor. These programs are primarily supported through contributions.