Our Grants

Mobile Libraries to Engage Middle School Readers

This proposal provides a variety of leveled, high-interest books for students to read during weekly school-wide sustained silent reading (SSR) time in their 6th-8th grade Advisory classes. In addition to providing the opportunity for students to actively read for enjoyment and building of background knowledge, the various literacy committees and reading specialists in each middle school building will ensure that these texts are available for read-alouds both during Advisory classes and in content area classes.

Fit for Life

This project proposes the funding of FitnessGram software for all K-12 students in Columbia Public Schools. FitnessGram software is a tool for assessing health-related fitness components in grades K-12; gives students a comprehensive look at their fitness level; promotes life-long activity by providing assessment and follow up programming; produces individualized reports for parents; and, allows for self-assessment and goal setting.

iRead to Succeed

The CPS “iRead to Succeed!” grant will provide each CPS Middle School Reading Intervention program with a set of 10 iPad Mini devices that can be used to engage struggling students in the reading of digital texts that have been custom-tailored to their interests and ability level (through online software that creates a personalized reader profile) and to frequently and efficiently evaluate student progress using online assessment tools that provide timely diagnostic information that teachers can use to tailor their intervention instruction to maximize student gains and more effectively combat the achievement gap in literacy.

Grant Funds Requested: $18,240

Anytime CPR

Testing of CPR skills is required by the state and district and is one of the measurable learner objectives for Health. These kits will be checked out to online health students enabling them to learn and practice skills at home. Skills assessment will be done by the online health teacher or the District Coordinator of Secondary Health. The kits include a DVD and a practice mannequin. Kits can be cleaned and are reused for future classes.

Grant Funds Requested: $1,435

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

Gateway to Technology

Students enrolled in these exciting new courses will greater access to new “state of the art” technologies such as programmable robots and 3-dimensional “printing” of objects they design. Through the design and construction of intelligent machines, as well as the “rapid prototyping” of engineered parts, students will explore a variety of scientific, technological and mathematical applications.

Grant Funds Requested: $23,650

CCSS @ Your Media Center and Beyond

The focus of this grant is to establish a core non-fiction electronic book (eBook) collection for the four senior high schools in Columbia. As mobile computing becomes more ubiquitous, and with the move to online and electronic resources for different content areas, having a robust eBook collection that will meet the needs of our students and teachers is essential. For the 2013-2014 school year, all four high schools will have ninth through twelfth grade students, except for the new high school which will gain a senior class during the second year. This move to four-grade level buildings will require schools to build up their current library collections to support the curriculums of the incoming ninth grade classes while also offering materials in a variety of formats. Our hope is to allow our students to access the Library Media Center’s resources from anywhere at any time, allowing learning to happen outside of the walls of our school.

Grant Funds Requested: $12,000.00

Digital Reading Partnerships

This grant provides resources to engage Blue Ridge and Parkade students in personalized, high quality reading materials at anytime and from any location. Through the use of the Kindle Fires, students and their families will have access to myON Reader, Study Island and TumbleBook Library at both school and at home. The Kindle Fires will provide access to all three instructional resources allowing students and parents to become partners in improving reading proficiency.

Grant Funds Requested: $24,640

Creating Modern School Library Programs in Columbia Public Schools

This grant provides funds to CPS intermediate libraries to purchase needed materials to bring the libraries up to date for the 2013-14 transition. Currently, middle school libraries are aligned with the 6th and 7th grade curriculum and junior high libraries are aligned for the 8th and 9th grade curriculum. All six libraries need to be aligned for 6th – 8th grade curriculum starting with the 2013-14 school year. These libraries will need both content area resources and books for reading pleasure in order to encourage academic achievement and enhance learning opportunities for all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in CPS.

Grant Funds Requested: $20,000

To Infinity and Beyond

This grant will provide our newly refurbished CPS Planetarium with additional full dome media show rights that will expand the use by additional K-5 classrooms as well as expand the planetarium use to include secondary science classrooms. We currently do not provide service to secondary science classes as we do not have the media shows at their grade level. By expanding the use of the planetarium, we will excite and engage more students to science, which research shows is a critical factor in their decision on whether or not to pursue a career in science or health.

Grant Funds Requested: $19,950
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