Our Grants - Social Studies & History

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11th-grade students from Battle and Rock Bridge traveled to Washington, D.C., over their spring break to use the nation’s capital as a living classroom and learn about being engaged citizens.

Grant Funds Requested: $8,000

Big Sonia Screening Rights & Speaking Engagement

The grant provides screening rights for each CPS middle and high school campus for the film Big Sonia, a documentary about then 91-year old Sonia Warshawski, one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors who resides in Kansas City. Students held a Q&A with director Leah Warshawski after viewing the film. The grant also included a free community screening of the film, as well as a speaking engagement and Meet & Greet with Sonia herself. The grant also included purchasing copies of the DVD for the Columbia Public Library.

Grant Funds Requested: $8,000

Ragtag Film Society Media Literacy Initiative

An initiative of the Ragtag Film Society, the umbrella organization of True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema. The grant provides teachers with media literacy instructional strategies and materials and provides students with skills to be thoughtful, critical consumers of media. The grant funds will supplement Columbia Public Schools (CPS) core curriculum by providing screening rights for films and training for teachers to incorporate film into the classroom. Learning will be enhanced through extracurricular experiences, including year-round field trips to Ragtag Cinema for film screenings and a free film screening and filmmaker Q&A at the True/False Film Fest.

Grant Funds Requested: $114,300* over a three year period

Empowering iHistory

Provides the Social Studies departments at Hickman High School and Rock Bridge High School each with a traveling iPad lab (and supporting technology) by which teachers can engage their students in the study of 21st-century skills and literacy through contemporary historical/cultural/governmental texts directly in their classrooms. The grant will include 35 iPad Minis with protective covers and some instructional software applications per building. Students will complete personalized, inquiry-based “iHistory” research projects that showcase the content and skills they have mastered by having access to the technology purchased through the grant.

Grant Funds Requested: $24,254

Fourth Grade Missouri State Capitol Field Trip

All 4th-grade classes.

Grant Funds Requested: $6,663

Enhancing Social Studies Instructional Environment with Wireless

Provides wireless keyboards, air mouse technology and remote controls to all middle and junior high social studies classrooms.

Grant Funds Requested: $6,828

The Geography Gap

provides geographic materials to secondary (grades 6-12) CPS students to support and improve geography education. This includes pull-down maps, stands, globes, atlases and traveling map transparency sets.

Grant Funds Requested: $9,964

Notable Women of Missouri Biography Project

All elementary fourth grades.

Grant Funds Requested: $18,270

Non-Fiction Inquiry Kits

Mill Creek Elementary – Non-fiction inquiry kits expand instruction of language arts, science, and social studies.

Grant Funds Requested: $4,000

Learning Luggage

This grant to Shepard Boulevard Elementary supported the creation of school-to-home learning kits. These kits take school home to encourage achievement by allowing children to work at their own pace and in their own way in a familiar environ-ment. This learning luggage links parents to the classroom in areas such as reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science. The kits are easily adapted as curriculum and children’s learning interests and needs change.

Grant Funds Requested: $3,500
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