Everyone can help support Riverdale — donate for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) enhancements via our online paddle raise.
No amount is too small and all cash donations are fully tax-deductible.
The Riverdale School District is happy to share this PTC Auction Paddle Raise information that will benefit our schools. Unlike other funds raised at the PTC Auction, the money contributed by the community during the paddle raise is used solely to fund these school-specific requests.
Join us virtually on April 10 at the Unmasking the Possibilities Auction to participate in the Riverdale PTC’s largest fundraiser and raise your paddle for our students! Unable to attend the virtual event, or want to contribute now? Click to raise a virtual paddle and make your donation. On this bidding page, there is a Paddle Raise Button that you’ll be able to click and choose the amount you would like to give.
This year both schools have STEAM-related asks with a total goal of $70,000 to be split evenly between RGS and RHS. STEAM includes science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Riverdale Grade School is requesting:
The grade school is hoping to cell-ebrate adding more STEAM equipment. STEAM Makerspace carts, creating a robotics team, reinstating the Science Bowl and are on the wish list of staff. RGS staff would love to add STEAM Makerspace carts with one cart on the first floor and one cart on the second floor. These carts, geared toward 3rd – 8th grade students, allow the kids to take their projects home and include tons of ideas for students to design and build. These carts could serve the entire student population in a variety of ways. There are a number of teaching standards related to engineering that would be a great way to fulfill that (and have fun/be able to be differentiated for groups and grades).
With additional funds, the grade school hopes to reinstate the Science Bowl team and create an RGS Robotics team. Grade school teachers are also interested in the Math Fest competition for 7/8th grade students, bringing in BIPOC speakers and investing more into outdoor learning.
Riverdale High School is requesting:
The high school has its ion upgrading cabinetry, furniture and equipment with particular needs identified in art and science. RHS science teacher Megan Mandel hopes to add additional biology equipment that includes more environmental science aspects, such as CHEMetrics Dissolved Oxygen, Nitrate, and Phosphate kits. With added Vernier technology, students would have several dissolved oxygen probes, CO2 probes, pH probes and temperature probes so that environmental data can quickly be obtained. This equipment matters in order for students to excel even more in these STEAM classes.
With additional funds to go toward STEAM, art teacher Nate Orton is interested in purchasing a Roland BN 20 vinyl printer/cutter for the art studio. With this, students would have the opportunity to print and cut professional quality all-weather vinyl stickers as well as T-shirt heat transfers. Artwork from various studio classes–particularly drawing and printmaking–could be used for these art project applications.