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Author Visit Donation- Article in Orchard Park Bee 4/18/18


Local poet and author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater will be presenting an interactive and informative program for students at Windom Elementary School on Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27.

According to a release from the Orchard Park School District, the students have been preparing for her visit by reading, performing and listening to her poems, and using her books as an inspiration for their own poetry.

VanDerwater is a writing teacher and children’s author.

Her poems appear in numerous anthologies, and she has published several children’s and professional books. Her publishing credits include “Forest Has A Song,” “Read! Read! Read!” and “Dreaming of You.”

In addition to her books, she writes and shares her poetry at her blog, The Poem Farm,

VanDerwater lives with her family and pets in Holland, New York.

The Windom

Parent Teacher Organization, Principal Phil Johnson, faculty and staff, librarian Jim

Clark and the Orchard Park Foundation for Academic

Excellence have collaborated to make her visit possible.

Orchard Park Bee 04/12/2018- Superintendent of Schools -Matthew McGarrity

" Throughout the last several years, the Orchard Park School District has implemented several cost-saving initiatives in order to offset rising costs and stay within the parameters of the tax cap. The district is also fortunate to have so many organizations that donate to help support our programs. The Orchard Park Foundation for Academic Excellence has donated tens of thousands of dollars since its inceptinon in 2001, including a 3-D printer, a laser engraver, fitness equipment, author visits, sound systems, biotechnology equipment and anti-bullying support to name a few of its many donations. We also receive many donations/ services from our parent teacher organizations, music boosters, athletic boosters and the Orchard Park Lions Club, and individual donors. "

Grant Showcase at Orchard Park Middle School March 4, 2019


Jack Fisher plays a vibraphone donated by the Orchard Park Foundation for Academic Excellence during A Grant Showcase at the Orchard Park Middle School 


 3 D Printer at Orchard Park Middle School funded by  a grant from the Orchard Park Foundation for Academic Excellence 


Librarians Jim Clark from Windom Elementary and Christina Carter from South Davis Elementary display books from author visits provided in part by the Orchard Park Foundation for Academic Excellence

Orchard Park Bee -February 17, 2019


OPFAE to hold meet-and-greet reception

The Orchard Park Foundation for Academic Excellence will hold a meet-and-greet reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Orchard Park Middle School, 60 S. Lincoln Ave. The event will showcase the foundation and the projects it has funded through grants to the district. It will also serve to educate the community about the grant process, eligibility and timelines. The event is open to the public.

Orchard Park Sun

  The Orchard Park Sun March 9 at 5:00 AM · Parents, school board members and donors got to see how students in the Orchard Park School District  are benefiting from grant donations to each of the six schools in the district.

The Orchard Park Foundation for Academic Excellence held its first ever grant showcase reception Monday evening where roughly 30 attendees caught a glimpse of how the foundation’s donations improve the quality of education for Orchard Park students.Since its inception in 2001, the foundation has donated more than $133,000 to the school district, funding various initiatives like author visits, weight room equipment and a 3D printer.Read more about how the district is benefiting from the foundation's grants in this week's issue of The Sun.