Our Grants

Technology Enhancement for Foreign Languages

The Author Study Kits project impacts curriculum across kindergarten through grade 5, and in language arts, social studies and science at Mill Creek Elementary. An extensive set of reading materials is organized into author study kits. The authors selected for the project have demonstrated attributes such as the use of rich and unforgettable language, sharing personal experiences, vivid illustrations, and effective use of dialogue. Students learn to compare and contrast authors, experience fiction an d non-fiction works, and model the writing of the selected authors.

Grant Funds Requested: $4,000

Visual Dimension Project

Ninety TI-83 graphing calculators, three calculator overhead viewers, and three Calculator Based Laboratory kits were purchased for use in algebra and science courses at Oakland Junior High School in this and future school years. During their junior high studies, between 80% and 95% of the student body use the calculators.

Grant Funds Requested: $9,745

Technology Enhancement for Foreign Languages

The purchase of a multi-norm videotape recorder capable of playing video tapes recorded in a variety of inter-national formats, a standard videotape recorder, a new color monitor and CD players updated the senior high foreign language learning labs. The foreign language labs are used by students from all district schools for the Advanced Placement and National Foreign Language exams. Approx-imately 1,500 students enrolled in foreign language courses at both high schools will continue to benefit on a regular basis.

Grant Funds Requested: $3,982

Promoting Literacy Through Technology

The Wiggleworks program uses proven technology to promote literacy at Parkade School and increase reading levels each year for approximately 220 students in kindergarten through second grade. Wiggleworks consists of an effective interactive computer program used directly by the students in conjunction with stories in book form and on CD-ROMs.

Grant Funds Requested: $9,341

Music Keyboards

Thirty basic electronic music keyboards permit entire classrooms of primary students at Benton Elementary School from pre-school through fifth grade to experience music training while enhancing academic achievement.

Grant Funds Requested: $1,200

Science Technology

Provides partial funding for improved technology for secondary science classrooms. This project promotes the development of higher-level laboratory experiences, higher-level analysis and better quality products by students.

Grant Funds Requested: $5,000

Making Books for Beginning Readers

Teachers and community volunteers make books for beginning readers using special equipment purchased with the Foundation Grant Award. The books were distributed among the elementary schools in the district. Teachers request texts appropriate for their particular student. This program adds to the amount of practice beginning readers have on texts at their level, and also allows them to take books home to practice.

Grant Funds Requested: $2,939

West Boulevard Bobcat Summer Camp

This grant to West Boulevard Elementary provided supplemental support for a six-week camp during the summer for students in kindergarten to 5th grade. This program expands the instructional curriculum through reading and writing themes and special projects. The students are motivated to expand their knowledge into new areas. The camp provides extended learning opportunities, especially for at-risk students. A mobile word processing unit with 30 laptop stations was purchased.

Grant Funds Requested: $3,190

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

Books for Students

The Blue Ridge Elementary Media Center purchased books with the Foundation Grant Award that are interesting and up-to-date on subjects of interest to students. This enhances learning opportunities and improves learning skills.

Grant Funds Requested: $855
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