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Binghamton University Ross Fund announces community project grants


BINGHAMTON, NY – The Broome County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Johnson Classroom Elements and Teacher Workshops have been chosen for this year’s round of funding from the Stephen David Ross Binghamton University and Community Projects Fund.

Since its inception, the Ross Fund has provided money for creative and innovative cooperative efforts between the University and local non-profit organizations to enhance the quality of life in Greater Binghamton. Nine proposals were submitted for consideration for the 2014-15 funding. After review by a panel of University and community representatives, two projects will receive a total of $10,000.

In conjunction with the Center for Civic Engagement at Binghamton University, the Broome County Office of Emergency Services will receive a grant totaling $3,500. The funding will be used to continue training and purchase uniforms and safety equipment for new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers. Broome County’s CERT volunteers provide an auxiliary force of trained emergency workers who can respond, assist and support emergency professionals. Proactive preparedness is essential and a Community Emergency Response Team is an important asset to Broome County’s emergency response.

The second Ross Fund grant will be used toward strengthening the links between the WSKG Public Telecommunications Council and the Graduate School of Education at Binghamton University. An award of $6,500 will be granted to support the Johnson Classroom Elements and Teacher Workshops. The intent is to share local history with younger generations of Broome County. This program will offer free, on-demand educational resources to Broome County teachers. Subsequently, it will strengthen the existing partnership between WSKG and Graduate School of Education, providing pre-service teachers (Binghamton students) with real-life experience.

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Last Updated: 9/17/13