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Doorway into Nature’s Classroom
Blue Ridge Elementary – This outdoor classroom and nature trail will allow all students from preschool through fifth grade to participate in hands-on outdoor exploratory activities. The “living laboratory” will integrate with math, language arts and visual arts.
Russell Elementary – Portable keyboards will help increase learning disabilities students’ motivation, expression and confidence in the area of writing. The keyboards, which are equipped with a text-to-speech function allowing students to hear their written work, will enable students to learn skills that they will be using throughout their school careers.
Audio/Video Equipment to Create Magic
Russell Elementary – The purchase and use of a digital video camera and video-editing computer will enhance the educational film-making opportunities in the areas of production, film and technology.
Science Presentations in the 21st Century
Provided funds for a Data Projector so students At West Junior High can professionally present the results of scientific projects, and can share results of in-class experiments as well as findings from out-side sources such as the Internet. Students are able to use digital pictures and interviews as part of presentations.
Mathematics in Technology
The use of TI-83 graphing calculators provides students at the Columbia Area Career Center with expanded opportunities for mathematical instruction, integrate technological principles with mathematical analysis, and interface lab investigations with research and logbook documentation.
Provided funds for a major upgrade of the library resource materials available on-site at Douglass High School. The new library provides students with access to much needed reading and research materials, which improves learning and builds information retrieval skills.
Struggling readers at Grant School became “all-star” readers with the help of more than 50 community volunteers. The grant funds purchased books and materials used by children and volunteers in weekly literacy sessions.
The outdoor classroom provides Midway Heights Elementary students real-life science experiences such as growing plants and observation of butterfly gardens and prairie, plant and aquatic habitats. Observations are recorded in writing, graphs and charts.
Provided funds to purchase a wide range of specially designed percussion instruments for use by K-5 elementary students across the entire school district. The elementary music curriculum makes music more meaningful to children by providing creative participation in playing melodic percussion and other percussion instruments.
Infusing Student Experimentation with Modern Technology
Science and technology students use cutting-edge computer interfaces, sensors and probes in their data gathering and analysis of experiments at Rock Bridge High.