The UDAEF has proudly funded over $2,000,000 in grants to Upper Darby teachers, students, administrators, and programs enhancing the education and opportunities of Upper Darby School District and its residents since 1998.

UDAE Foundation Grant Highlights…

Most Recent:

-Flexible Seating and Calming Corners in 3rd Grade (Garrettford)
-Ukulele Ensemble (Primos)
-Purchase of Alto Saxophones (Primos)
Art Books (Kelly)
-Purchase of Bass Clarinet (Aronimink)
-Sora eBooks Anywhere (Senkow)
-Choral Risers (Kelly, Bywood, & Senkow)
-Ipevo Document Camera/Visual Presenter (Westbrook Park)
-Purchase of Trumpets (HC & Kelly)
-Supplemental music room materials (Highland Park)
-ORFF Stand for Music Classroom (Westbrook Park)
-Highland Park Art (Highland Park)
-Kindness mural (Primos)
-Flexible Seating – wobble chairs (Aronimink_
-Flexible Seating in Kindergarten (K-Center)
-Purchase of 1/8 String Bass (Bywood) – All instrument purchases assist UDSD students with financial need.

-Mural Installation/Creation (DHMS – 2018)
-Second Grade Growers – planting flowers in school playground area (Stonehurst Hills Elem. – 2018)
-Shakespeare Workshop (UDHS – 2018)
-Special Education Break Room (Bywood Elem. – 2019)
-Engineering & Robotics Supplies (UDHS – 2019)


Garrettford Elementary Art Inspirations:

School Kindness Murals

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Stress Busters: New murals added to Upper Darby school bathrooms

Thank you to the following UD School District & Community members for making this UDAE Foundation grant to Garrettford Elementery such a BIG success!

Garrettford Principal: Allen Brydes

Garrettford Teachers: Meghan Windt, Alec McKnight, Barb Lawler, Serena Skariah, Bonnie Stritzinger

Garrettford Staff: Cynthia Tully, Jen Kantner, Jen Salter, Jackie Chavarria, Ray Bewley

Former Garrettford Teachers: Lauren Ambrose, Tara Torello McLanahan, Connie Calvanese, Becky McAllister

Garrettford Parents: Chuck Styles, Alex Brown, Becki Simon, Steve Sarti

Additional Highlights of Foundation Grants!

“Second Grade Growers” – Ms. Mulholland, Stonehurst Elementary

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Guided by Upper Darby Teachers, Joanna Mulholland & Jessica Cleary (now at Highland Park Elementary,) second graders from Stonehurst Hills learn how to care for flowers and vegetables in their own “backyard garden!” Ms. Mulholland and Ms. Clearly both grew up in the Upper Darby School District and have also been involved with the UD Summer Stage, Schoener 5K teams, and MusicMan Camp programs.

Quotes from 2nd Graders About What They Learned:

“I learned that you need many tools for a garden. One of the most important tools is a shovel!” – Latoya

“I know that for our garden we need to water the plants. A daisy is a flowers. We have to take care of it.” – Kelleah

“I know that for our garden that butterflies like Cosmos flowers.” – Sydair

“Shakespeare Workshops & A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – Ms. Bierling, UDHS

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Through a grant with the Upper Darby Arts & Education Foundation and the work of UDHS English Department Chair Kelsey Bierling, the entire 9th grade, and select upper classmen, attended a professionally directed 80-minute production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by members of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. After the performance, select students were able to eat lunch with the actors and director and participate in workshops covering “Stage Fighting” and “Acting to the Word.”

Upper Darby High School Engineering & Robotics Team

“I Choose to Move & Share” –  Ms. McGonigle, Kindergarten Center

Historic Collenbrook Tours for District-wide 3rd Grades

Mosiac Mural Installations – Drexel Hill MIddle School

“A Walk Through American History” – Mr. Cleary, Drexel Hill MS

“Arts on Stage” programs at the UD Performing Arts Center – ALL UDSD Elementary Schools

“Calming Corners” – Ms. Hensel, Primos Elementary

“Flexible Seating & Math Activities” – Ms. Harris, Charles Kelly Elementary

“The QBall Effect” – Mr. Papatsiaras, Primos Elementary

“Flexible Seating for Classroom Environment” – Ms. Toomey, Kindergarten Center

“iPad Pro & Apple Pencil” – Ms. Roberts, Charles Kelly Elementary

Don’t see your UDSD school? Have an idea for your classroom? Deadline for all Foundation Grant applications is March 1st — click here to view our application requirements.