Our Grants

Buckets of Books

This project gives the students at Fairview Elementary the opportunity for author, theme and genre study as well as experiencing good models for writing. Activities help develop higher-order-thinking skills such as comparing, contrasting, analyzing and synthesizing.

Grant Funds Requested: $1,554

The Literacy Equation

Workshops teach parents strategies to help early readers at Two Mile Prairie Elementary. Special software allows teachers to match students of any grade and ability with books that maximize reading success.

Grant Funds Requested: $2,030

Enhanced Reading Achievement

A three-pronged approach is used to meet the needs of emerging and struggling readers at Rock Bridge Elementary. Parent involvement is facilitated by a demonstration video. One-on-one tutors focus on individual needs. Students have access to appropriate-level reading materials.

Grant Funds Requested: $3,500

Carpe Diem

Establishes a custom manufacturing operation to impact students at all levels, including students with educational and behavioral disabilities.

Grant Funds Requested: $8,000

Reading for Life

A Listening and Reading Center to strengthen and improve 1st and 2nd-grade students’ reading skills at Lee Elementary School. Student Literacy Bags, Literature Study Groups, Strategy Study Groups, and reading-related community service projects are employed.

Grant Funds Requested: $3,000

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
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