We are pleased to announce that the Education Foundation has funded our first grants. In January we started accepting mini grant application requests with the goal of funding up to ten $500 requests.
We received many great proposals and have awarded the following mini grants:
Jr./Sr. High School:
- Chris Colonna - World History and Geography - Large scale wall maps to support World Geography and World History classes
- Kristen Fischer - English - Copies of "The Shallows - How the Internet is Changing Our Brains". These books will support the debut of the new AP Language and Composition class.
- Wendy Steiner - English - Belkin splitters and headphones to expand and enhance use of existing technology and assist struggling readers.
- Stephen Vayanos - Spanish - Purchase copies of Pulitzer Prize Winning "Enrique's Journey" - 2015 grant and books and readers to develop a Spanish lending library for students in grades 9 - 12 to promote biliteracy and literacy across the disciplines - 2016 grant
- Annemarie Bunch -Emotional Support - Alternate seating and work space stations to support the Emotional Support classroom at the Jr. Sr. High School.
- Marlynn Vayanos - Art - Classroom subscription of Scholastic Art to increase literacy in grades 7 - 12 by incorporating reading strategies across the art curriculum through the use of non-fiction, contemporary articles
Carnegie Elementary School:
- Mary Campbell - 2nd Grade - Alternative seating arrangement to accommodate all learners - those with and without disabilities - 2015 grant and classroom set of headphones to support students working independently while minimizing distractions in 2nd grade at Carnegie Elementary - 2016 grant.
- Emily Hanley - Classroom set of solar powered calculators to support student achievement of common core mathematics standards in the 4th grade at Carnegie Elementary.
- Scott Donnelly/Erin Cummings - 5th Grade - $500 to help offset the cost of a field trip to Washington DC to tour the nation's capitol and learn more about our nation's history.
- Nicole Uhrin - Kindergarten through 6th grade - $500 to offset the cost of an eBeam, an interactive white board to help in the learning process.
- Allison Fekety - Equipment to support the implementation of "Sensory Breaks" to assist student learning in the autistic support classroom at Carnegie Elementary.
- Erin Cummings - 5th grade - Classroom set of solar powered calculators to support student achievement of common core mathematics standards in the 5th grade at Carnegie Elementary - 2016 grant.
Crafton Elementary School
- Mark Priore - Music - Purchase authentic African drums to expand cultural and educational learning activities.
- Russ Pedersen - Music - Purchase and refurbishment of used musical instruments to support the music program for grades 4 - 6 at Carnegie and Crafton Elementary.
"My students and I want to say a big "Thank You" to the CEF for the work they are doing. This grant has helped my classroom become more effective, engaging, and comfortable." Mary Campbell teacher Carnegie Elementary