Our Grants - Multicultural Programming

Black History 101 Mobile Museum

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum visited each CPS middle and high school for a day throughout a two week period. Founded by Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum is an award-winning collection of over 7,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture. The grant allows students to examine primary sources firsthand and includes teacher training on how to utilize and teach about these resources. The grant will culminate in a CPS 7th grade trip to the African American Heritage Trail and educational experience.

Grant Funds Requested: $17,700

Authors in Schools

Students from all six CPS middle schools were bused to the Missouri Theater to hear Jacqueline Woodson speak on April 19, 2019, as part of the Unbound Book Festival. The grant provided Woodson’s books for all the middle schools as well as transportation for students to the festival.

Grant Funds Requested: $5,000

Student Trip to China

As part of CPS’s Chinese program, students can take a two‐week trip to Shanghai and Beijing for language and culture learning. This was the fourth year of the trip, covered by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Once the students are in China, they are hosted by Shanghai Normal University, the leading teacher college in Shanghai. This year 18 students, from freshmen to seniors, traveled to China from July 3-16. CPSF grant funds covered the airfare, along with Veterans United and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Grant Funds Requested: $7,000

Family Welcome Center

Families new to Columbia have a welcoming space to gather and seek services, thanks to a 2017 grant for the Family Welcome Center, located inside the CPS Aslin Administration Building at 1818 W. Worley in Columbia. Grant funds went to renovating the area and providing new furniture to create a more welcome space for families of English Language Learner (ELL) students who are being evaluated.

Grant Funds Requested: $22,793

Drumline Trip to Japan

The CPS drumline group is the only high school from the United States selected to participate in the 2018 Japanese summer festival in Nagano. During the trip, from Aug. 3-10, the students will have the opportunity to rehearse with 1,000 Japanese marching band students. The trip also includes cultural site visits and a ceremonial meeting with the local governor. The grant covered the costs of passports and provided two cultural experiences, including etiquette lessons, for the students. The Foundation funds also include the creation of a CPSF flag for use during the festival’s opening ceremonies.

Grant Funds Requested: $2,950

M.A.C. (Minority Achievement Committee) First Annual Achievement Gap Conference

Scholars First Annual Achievement Gap Conference: Failure is NOT an Option. All secondary schools.

Grant Funds Requested: $2,500

Summer Expedition

Gifted center, all Elementary Schools

Grant Funds Requested: $1,800

Bridging the Gap

Helps high schools develop and implement strategies to decrease the achievement gap among minorities and free/reduced lunch students who have good attendance but are not succeeding in school. Strategies include transitional programs for entering high school, study skills, organizational skills, career path counseling, reading enhancement.

Grant Funds Requested: $13,290

Dynamic Immersion of English Language Learners (ELL):

Introduces interactive technology (Rosetta Stone) into the CPS ELL classrooms. The software helps students learn English in an environment that combines technology with native English speakers and a rich visual environment to build English language proficiency. The software is interfaced with a Student Management System to track student progress. At any time, 51 students can access this software anywhere in the district, providing access in computer labs and individual classrooms.

Grant Funds Requested: $7,442

Language Arts Program for ESL

West Junior High – ‘Woodcock-Munoz,’, a language learning program, will be used in the language arts classes of ESL (English as a Second Language) in order to increase reading levels and writing abilities of ESL students.

Grant Funds Requested: $1,537
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