More than $11,000 in outside donations will help fund three programs in White Plains public schools this year.
The Foundation for Public Education in White Plains, a group that independently fundraises for the district, made an $11,000 donation. Of that money, $10,000 will go toward a ballroom dancing program at each of the district's five elementary schools. A second $1,000 donation will support the high school's China exchange program.
"The programs are so marvelous and we are so thankful for your support," said Rosemarie Eller, board of education president.
The Foundation for Public Education in White Plains has existed for 15 years and raises money through fundraisers and special events to support programs outside of the budget. The group works independently from the board of education, and has donated about $220,000 to date.
Elizabeth J. Neaman also made a $300 donation for the Robert G. Neaman Scholarship Fund as well as donated photography equipment for the high school.
The White Plains City Schools Board of Education voted to accept the donations at a meeting Tuesday night.