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Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund


Byram Hills Education Foundation
PO Box 872
Armonk, NY 10504

Phone: 914.273.4381 x1
Fax: 914.273.5240
Email:BHEF1@byramhills.org

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The Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund (DLYMF) honors the life and memory of Debra Leipman Yale (1956-2011), devoted wife of David and loving mother of Cameron, Jared and Griffin. A long-time resident of Armonk, NY, and the Byram Hills Central School District, Debra worked tirelessly to enhance education for all children in her community. 

Originally from Bay Village, OH, and a graduate of the Ohio State University, Debra was a highly respected executive in the cosmetics, fragrance and health and beauty care markets for 25 years. She brought thoughtful intelligence, alongside her spirited and energetic personality, to all areas of her life – but especially to her family, friends and community.  

For more than five years (2004 – 09), Debra served on the board of the Byram Hills Education Foundation (BHEF), including two years as its Chairman. During Debra’s tenure, the BHEF granted more than $1.4 million to the schools in her community.
 

Following Debra’s sudden and unexpected passing in late 2011, the Yale family approached the BHEF about setting up a Memorial Fund to honor Debra’s memory and her strong commitment to the BHEF and the community she so loved. Launched with a generous donation of $15,000 by the Yale family, this Fund offers Debra’s family and friends a meaningful opportunity to honor her memory by supporting a cause about which she cared deeply.
 

Contributions will be used to fund future grants awarded by the BHEF.  Each year, grant proposals are submitted by teachers and administrators to the BHEF, then approved by the Board of Directors. Once grants have been approved by the Board of Directors, the Yale family – working in collaboration with the BHEF Chairman, President and Treasurer – will have the opportunity to select one or more approved grants to be named in honor of Debra with reserves from the DLYMF.  Grants named in honor of Debra will be noted in promotional material distributed by the BHEF and upon installation within the school district.

Click here to see a video about Debra’s Fund, produced by Bobcat TV in 2015. 


Grants and Insta-Grants Named for Debra

The following grants, awarded by the BHEF to the Byram Hills Central School District, have been selected by the Yale Family to be funded with proceeds from the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund. The BHEF expresses its gratitude to the Yale Family for partnering with the Foundation to honor Debra’s memory through these grants.

  • GAGA Ball, (2017- Wampus, $2,495)
    This grant funds construction of a GAGA Dodge Ball Pit for the Wampus playground for use during recess, FUEL and PE. GAGA enables students to develop strategic thinking along with agility, jumping, striking and dodging as part of this fun and interactive activity.

  • Stage Monitoring System, (2017 - BHHS, $1,410)
    This grant funds equipment necessary to complete two Assistant Stage Manager Stations and a back stage monitor, modeled after a professional stage monitoring system. The system allows for better management of the stage space and provides an experience more like that of a professional theatre. The system would be used for the three theatre productions each year as well as for the many band, orchestra and choir concerts and other events hosted in the auditorium. 

  • Enhanced Technology in Dance Studio, (2017 - BHHS, $2,455)
    This grant lets the Physical Education Department enhance technology in the dance studio by wiring new components to the existing flat screen TV. Teachers and coaches will be able to provide new and creative ways to present material effectively and efficiently using programs and applications that they are currently unable to present in the dance studio.  
  • TV and Film Curtained Production Area with Cyclorama: A curved green screen wall and lighting system, (2016 - BHHS $29,934)  
    This grant redesigns a portion of an existing art and film editing studio and equips it with a permanent film and television studio annex. The grant includes a built-in ‘Cyclorama which is a curved green screen wall that can be used as a background for any virtual stage or as an unlimited deep space effect. This new area allows students to insert a variety of background or graphics into almost any production. This new production area serves as a functional addition to the existing film program and also enhances other programs and projects through the high school. It serves as a permanent production annex for any large-scale Bobcat TV/Media Studio project and greatly enhances the creative activities with the existing art and film studio.

  • Student Voice Circles: A Leadership and Facilitation Model for Student Learners (2016 - BHHS, $2,500)

    This grant funds a leadership training program to promote cultural diversity and global competence among Sophomore and Junior members of the Student Leadership Board. Students and teachers will receive training on Student Voice Circles – a school leadership and improvement model based on inclusion and and equity. This grant is generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

  • Potterbot 3D Ceramic Printer (2016 - BHHS $2,500) 
    This ceramic printer allows art students to use CAD software to design unique and reproducible forms and to create more complex forms than typical hand building and wheel forming processes allow. This printer lays “ribbons” of clay quickly and precisely so resulting art piece can be altered in any way using traditional claywork methods or left intact for firing.

  • Technology for Physical Education (BHHS, $2,000) 
    The BHEF is pleased to partner with the Bobcat Boosters to fund this media system for the Physical Education department. This technology, including flat screen TV and state of the art media equipment, will support various health education programs and CPR instruction for all grade levels.
     

  • Buddy Bench (Coman Hill, $1,853) This grant funds a designated seating area on the playground as a safe and encouraging place for children to go when they feel alone or are having difficulty fitting in. Students will learn strategies and techniques whether they are seeking a buddy or if they want to make a positive difference by being a buddy.  

  • Vernier Data System (BHHS: $2,497)

    This grant funds ten (10) Vernier LabQuest Mini Data Interfaces, sixteen Differential Voltage Probes and eight (8) Current Probes to be used for new programs in the physics, applied engineering and other applications in STEAM education. Physics students will use these devices for electronics explorations, utilizing the interfaces and probes to understand the characteristics of electrical and mechanical devices.

  • The 21st Century Classroom Pilot Project (H.C. Crittenden: $16,730).  This grant converts one sixth grade classroom into a “learning studio” that better supports 21st Century learning by increasing the number of learning modalities that can be accomplished. The space will convert easily from full group instruction to small group work stations and individual learning spaces, allowing students to become personally and actively engaged in learning. The redesigned classroom will include adjustable height tables and chairs on casters, three (3) LED monitors and white boards to facilitate multi-sensory and flexible learning. This grant will serve as a model for future classroom redesign projects that promote the District goal of creating leaders of the next generation. 


  • Full STEAM Ahead! (District-wide: $90,495)
    To expand and accelerate the District’s STEAM Initiative, the BHEF recently approved the Full STEAM Ahead! grant valued at $90,495. This grant gives students of all academic levels in all four buildings exposure to coding, robotics, engineering, electronics and 3D modeling. A portion of this grant includes an investment in professional development to ensure seamless integration with the curriculum. (This grant is jointly funded by the Byram Hills Education Foundation and the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)
  • Bobcat Buddies (Coman Hill: $1,847)
    This grant funds imaginative play and sensory integration materials, board games, and craft supplies to be used throughout the Bobcat Buddy program at Coman Hill which helps develop social, communication and interpersonal skills among students within and outside the classroom setting.
  • Everyone Matters Book Bank! (Coman Hill:  $2,348)
    This grant funds a set of grade-level library books to support the Everyone Matters campaign which advocates for every person’s right to dignity and respect, without judgment or shame. The books will be utilized for real aloud and small group lessons in support of the Everyone Matters initiative at Coman Hill when students have the opportunity to share something unique and special about themselves.
  • Robotic Tools for Student Evaluation (2015 - BHHS: $420) 
    This grant funds two robotics platforms for developing a robotics components curriculum for inclusion in the math, science, and ultimately STEAM Initiatives at BHHS. The grant will be used to evaluate two robotics kits in order to determine which would be best suited for a larger scale rollout for students.

  • Utilizing a Portable Electroencephalogram (EEG) in Science Research: The EPOC+ (2015 - BHHS: $2,500)

    This grant funds a portable EEG device for use by students in the Authentic Science Research Program, as well as biology, psychology, statistics, health and other curricular areas. The device enables students to collect, synthesize and analyze data related to electrical impulses that come from the brain, and to use these results for original research and/or existing curriculum. 


  • Perseverance and Problem Solving (2015 - Coman Hill: $1,280) - This grant provides students with activities that foster perseverance and problem solving independently or in collaboration with others. The activities let students practice analyzing problems, making conjectures and planning solutions to problems through hands-on materials rather than traditional worksheets. 

  • Cubelets Educator Robotics Kits for STEAM Integration (2015 - Coman Hill: $2,396 and Wampus: $2,396) – This grant provides educator sets of Cubelet Robotic Block Kits that introduce STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) concepts in the second and third grade technology curriculum. Students can combine a host of sensors and action blocks to build their own robotic creations. The Cubelets will provide play-driven learning opportunities to integrate STEAM lessons. 
  • Art Therapy for Flexible Support Program Students (2015 – BHHS: $2,365) (Insta-Grant, January, 2015)

    This grant funds an art therapy program to foster the social and emotional development and overall performance within the school environment. The program promotes self-awareness, confidence and self-advocacy, helping students better express themselves and flourish in the school environment.


  • Mindset Pilot Materials (2014 – Wampus: $494)
    This grant funds "Get Smart" Toolkits for three third grade classes which leverage the work of Carol Dweck whose research is a growing trend in teaching children how to persevere in the face of challenge. The Toolkits provide practical applications for children to build confidence, take on challenges and persevere in the face of difficulty or failure. 

  • ETC Source Four PAR Cans (2014 - BHHS: $2,156) – This grant funds a bank of parabolic aluminized reflector (PAR) can theatrical lights to be installed in the BHHS theater. When developing lighting plans, students will gel and focus this equipment to be used for many District events, including BHHS theater productions, concerts, Science Symposium, PTSA events, and more. 

  • Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) and Engineering Design,BHHS: $9,381.54 (2013 - Grant)

    3-D printing is a technology that is revolutionizing how we think about design and building. This grant develops a stronger connection to the elements of design and manufacturing engineering as part of a strong science curriculum. By providing an advanced engineering component to the physics and design classes, this grant enhances a student’s connection to abstract ideas. 3-D printers also connect to many requirements for the next generation science standards (KGSS), which are being adopted nationally as students are asked to apply their understanding toward engineering applications. Ultimately, 3-D printers are expected to have a broader impact on the entire student body.


  • Wampus Peaceful Playground, Wampus Elementary School: $21,516.00 (2013 - Grant)

    This type of playground provides resources that enhance the Wampus playground and provide a better recess experience for students. The design is geared for students in grades 3-5. The program is intended to maximize the number of students involved in physical activities, rather than have them wait on line to use equipment or just stand and watch others. The program provides for several different games on a blacktop utilizing balls, beanbags, and other items, which promotes physical exercise to minimize safety hazards. Nearly 100 activities can be done with the program. Its customized design allows students to grow physically, emotionally, and socially. Such activities include learning how to resolve daily conflicts through cooperative play, and preparing students for leadership roles. Games will be explained and rolled out to each grade during their physical education periods to familiarize each student with the different games available to them. (This grant is jointly funded by the Byram Hills Education Foundation and the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)

  • Mackie Digital Sound Mixer, BHHS, $1,799 (Insta-Grant, May, 2014) This grant funds a digital sound mixer for balancing and limiting sound for theatrical and concert events using a new industry standard mixing system.

  • A Cappella Singing, H.C. Crittenden, $1,000 (Insta-Grant, 
    April, 2014).
      This grant funds a performance and workshop for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students by the New York University a cappella group Ani V’ata.  The program introduces students to new and innovative ways to approach and perform music.

  • Ryan’s Story at H.C. Crittenden, $2,500 (Insta-Grant, 
    January, 2014). This grant funds two student assemblies that address  bullying, cyber-bullying and teen suicide prevention. Ryan’s father, John Halligan, tells the story of Ryan’s life including instances when he was cyber-bullied. The presentation stresses four main components: forgiveness, knowing that someone cares and loves you, standing up for what is right or being a bystander and asking for help. 

  • Robots for Introduction to Computer Science at BHHS, $2,200 (Insta-Grant, 2013). This grant funds robotics equipment used to demonstrate the connection between computer hardware and software, helping students focus on conceptual ideas of computing and understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems.

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Children Adolescents at Coman Hill, $1,890 (Insta-grant - 2013). To help students struggling with anxiety or depression, this grant funds a three-day workshop on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for a school psychologist to learn tools and treatment plans for delivering CBT interventions to children. 

  • Passport to Learning – Elementary Online Software, $21,901 (2013). This grant allows K-5 students to experience learning and digital content through ReflexMath.com and Learning.com (featuring Aha!Math, Aha!Science, Easy-Tech, Study Dog and Sky). (This grant is funded jointly by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund and the BHEF.)


  •  eBooks for the H.C. Crittenden Library, $11,250 (2013). This grant funds the acquisition of a starter collection of Common Core and curriculum-aligned eBooks .
How to Donate

If you wish to honor Debra’s memory with a tax-deductible donation, please CLICK HERE or download the DLYMF Donation Form and return to the BHEF, PO Box 872, Armonk, NY 10504.  Please make check payable to the Byram Hills Education Foundation and note the donation is for the DLYMF.  The BHEF will notify the Yale family when donations are received. In addition, donors will receive an acknowledgement letter and will be listed on the BHEF website.


About the BHEF

The DLYMF resides under the umbrella of the BHEF – a private, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to enhancing the educational experience of all children within the Byram Hills Central School District by generating community support to fund innovative grants that encourage learning and personal development. Since its inception in 1994, the BHEF has made grants totaling more than $4 million. Donations to the BHEF in honor of Debra Yale through the DLYMF are tax-deductible as permissible by law.


Thanks

Since inception, more than $200,000 has been raised in memory of Debra. The BHEF wishes to thank David Yale and family for selecting the BHEF as a charity for Debra’s extended friends and family wishing to honor her memory.  Debra’s involvement with the Foundation enriched the lives of so many students, faculty and other volunteers who had the opportunity to work with her. We are honored to carry on her legacy through this Fund and the future grants named in honor of Debra.

David Yale, Founder, Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund 

Donors:

David Yale*, Founder

Anonymous (8*)
Rebecca Brightman & Bruce Altman*
Lindsay & Richard Anfang*
Felice & Jeffrey Anikstein*
Arcade Marketing & Visant Corporation*
Ron & Marie Arnold* 
Frank & Sharon Arthofer*
Scott & JoAnn Baron*
Carol & Steven Beck*
Stephen Becker*
Timothy Bernlohr
Allison & Jeff Berman*
Jeffrey & Leslie Blum*
Susan & Robert Bordash
Elisa & Ross Bremner
Chris & Tara Buonanno
Michelle & Greg Brooks
Nicholas Castaldo
Dale Cendali
Susan & Stuart Chavis*
Amy & Michael Cherry*
George Cinquegrana
Kathy, Nicole & Katie Cizynski*
Lawrence & Darielle Cohen *
Michelle & Alan Cohen*
Fran & Marvin Cooper*
Andrew & Susan Cott
Diane Crecca
Jeffrey Crennan
Paul & Nancy D`Andrea*
Aldon & Patricia Daniels*
Debra Davidson
Vicky & James Denkus
Joseph & Marie DiMauro
Denise & Daniel DiSano*
Gail & Mark Donsky
Michael & Olga Dubin
Rosa & Lou Ebling*
Robert Eik
Pam & Randall Eisenberg *
Lisa & Brian Feldman
Marla & Steven Feldman
Denise & Louis Ferrante
Lawrence & Rhonda Fineberg
Melissa & Steven Fink
Nancy Flinn
Melissa & Jeffrey Fishman
Diane & Perry Freedman
Donna & George Friedman
Evans Gebhardt
Cherie & Todd Glassman*
Robin & Jeffrey Glat*
Jana & Rick Goldenberg *
David Goldenberg
Donna & Louis Gordon*
Mark & Monica Gray
Jeff & Tracey Greenfield*
Jill & Steven Greenspan *
Debbie Guarriello* 
Caryl & Jeffrey Hahn*
Dana & Brian Hartman*
Kathy Haupt
Jeffrey & Olga Henick
Jean & Edward Higham*
Lawrence & Robyn Hollander *
Michelle & Ross Honig *
Leslie & Dan Ilany*
Adam & Alicia Ifshin*
Carole & Scott Irgang*
Christine & Ronald Izewski
Dianne & Marc Jacobs*
Laura & Chris Jacobs 
Alyson & Steven Justman*
Tracey & Charles Kaliman
Jennifer Kaplan
Naomi Kelman
Elizabeth Kenny
Cyndie Klingensmith
Elyse Lazansky & Eric Kreutzer *
LaGravinese Jewelers, Inc. of Armonk
Joan & Andy Landorf
Robin & Douglas Lehman
Alyse Kobin & Rob Levin*
Cynthia Shmerler & Ford Levy*
Ken Leipman* 
The Leitner Family *
Laura Levitan
Susan & Eric Levy*
Robert & Susan Lichten *
Faith & Albert Lorenzo *
Carol & Michael Lowenstein
Charity & Richard Lunder *
Beth & John Lyons
Ralph & Susan Mack*
Pam Boker & Doug Martin
Jeanne & George Matson
Steven & Fran Mazer
Tais R. Melillo
Cheryl Ann & Rocco Miceli
Georgine & Rich Milker
Rhonda & Steven Moll
Giulio & Jeannine Monaco *
Janet & Kevin Morley
Laurie & Michael Morris*
Thomas & Denise Morrison
Tracy Morrison
Douglas & Lizabeth Moss *
Heather & Jacob Muller*
Network for Good
Randi Nielsen & Robert Birkenholz *
Regina Ebling Ofiero *
Diana & Carmine Paresi*
Kathleen & Jonathan Parker*
Paul & Paula Pearl*
Judy Perline
Leela Grammenidou Petrakis
Jessica & Walter Piecyk, Jr.
Mary Pisarkiewicz
Carla M. Polcyn
Seth & Linda Potash*
Myra & Marvin Pravda
Richard Prezzano
Matthew & Sarai Pye*
Janis & Joel Rabinowitz
Robert & Stacie Rawn
Richter Park Golf Course
Jocelyn Yuan Riddle
Kim & Brian Robbins*
Susan & Alan Roden*
Robert & Penny Romano*
Jacquelyn & Stuart Romanoff
Deborah & Mitchell Roschelle*
Liz & Bob Rosenblatt*
Jessica & Gregg Rosh *
Cecile & Michael Rothschild
Theresa & Michael Sacchetti
Stephen & Karin Sadove*
Christine & Mario Salandra
Christina & Douglas Saltstein *
Kelley & Michael Sanders
Emily & Jay Schmalholz*
Melinda Massoff & Martin Schwimmer
David & Susan Shaffer *
Elaina Sherman and Family* 
Deborah Sidran
Christopher & Carol Siege*
Craig & Christine Slosberg
Marie & M. Taylor Smelser*
Jen & Bart Sokol*
Frank & Amy Spadifino
Cindy & Peter Spengler *
Paul & Karen Spiegel*
Edward & Pamela Spierer *
William & Bonni Stanley*
Felisse & David Starker *
Melissa & Daniel Steffen
Melissa & Robert Stillman *
Jennifer & Robert Sweatman
Ashley Taliana
Alan & Debra Tantleff
Harriet & Jerry Terdiman*
Linda Thaler *
John & Lauren Tonelli
Cathy Torelli
Elise & John Trainor*
Katherine M. Walton
Jill & Michael Weinstein*
Scott & Allison Weiss*
Leah Wilcox *
Tammi & Jason Wild
Tricia & Adam Winston
Hope & Gavin Wolfe*
David Yale*
Pearl Yale*
Annmarie & Angelo Zaccagnino*
Randi Zeller
Randy Zeno
Vivian & Scott Zimmerman*

*Multi-Year Donor
As of 6/2017