The Grant Program is intended to support ideas generated by teachers or staff members to enhance classroom learning or to provide other district-based opportunities towards the improvement of the educational process and academic achievement.
The Foundation’s Grant Program offered its sixth set of awards for the 2019-2020 school year. The Grants are intended to support ideas generated by staff members to enhance classroom learning or to provide other district-based opportunities towards the improvement of education and academic achievement.
For the 2019-20 school year, the following ideas were awarded:
- Project 1: Osmo in the Primary Classroom. Through the use of Osmo Genius, students will use Detective Mystery and Pizza Co to solve math puzzles, county/city mysteries, and build vocabulary. In addition to academics, students will build communication and collaboration skills. Staff recipient: Amy Zastawniak, Grade 2 Teacher.
- Project 2: Build/Fly/Crash/Rebuild. The project will introduce drone kits for hands-on learning through trial and error experiments.The process will support the District’s goal of teaching students the engineering design process. Lego-type bricks are used to create flying drones and designed to be easily snapped back together after “crashes.” Staff recipient: Lisa Gray, Elementary STEAM Teacher, & Tina Kaczor, Techology Systems Coordinator.
- Project 3: 6thGrade Farm to Table. This classroom garden program will be developed with the AeroGarden Harvest Elite and AquaSprouts Garden to help students learn about growing healthy food and preparing healthy meals. Staff recipient: McCall Malecki, Grade 6 Teacher
To date, 21 educational ideas and programs have been implemented into District classrooms through the grant program.