By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (January 13, 2016) — The expressions on the faces of the students, and even the teachers, was worth every penny raised and disbursed Wednesday, when the “Grant Patrol” with the Stephenville Education Foundation made way to four SISD campuses.
Members of the board of directors surprised teachers and students in classrooms that were awarded grants from the foundation totaling $13,471.35. It was six grants awarded at four campuses – Central Elementary, Hook Elementary, Chamberlin Elementary and Stephenville High School.
Balloons and noise makers marked the occasion, but the mark the foundation really hopes to leave is through providing the tools necessary for the innovative teaching and learning these teachers and students crave.
Grants distributed include:
*Student Treasures Publication of a Student’s Anthology – Purchase of 320 individual publishing kits to increase student engagement and motivation in regards to writing skills through the online publication of the students’ authentic writing. – $624.00 awarded to the fourth grade writing team and representative Kelly Eakin
*Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks – Purchase of BCAO-EJ Staff Development, parent night facilitator, teacher kits, take home kits and more to provide staff development and parent involvement in mathematics. – $3,275 awarded to all campus teachers and principal Kelly Magin.
*DrumFit – Purchase of DrimKit 50, combining physical fitness and music by using large exercise balls on drum stands and drumsticks to incorporate fun and engaging physical fitness. – $2,500 awarded to Pre-K and kindergarden PE and music teachers Adam Phillips and Landi Haynes
*Makerspace-STEAM Project for 21st Century Learning – Creation of the first Makerspace in SISD serving first and second graders. The goal is to develop a program allowing children to build their ability to think, problem solve and persevere through a scaffold process of “making.” All students will be immersed in a creative environment where they will use developing skills in the arts and sciences to solve open-ended problems. – $3,035.35 awarded to first and second grade teachers Jennifer Salyards, Reagan Hall and Brianna Hodges
Stephenville High School:
*Medical Assisting; EKG Testing – Purchase of Life/Form 15 Lead ECG Trainer, Nasco and lead replacements, providing advanced technologies to help prepare students in the health science program for immediate job placement as medical assistants upon certification and graduation – $3,318 awarded to Allen Mays and heath science technology for grades 10-12
Stephenville High School:
*Weather – Purchase of Wardsci and Davis Weather Station IP Link, Vernier for a two-fold project teaching students to predict weather and to understand abstract concepts of wave refraction, reflection, diffraction and motion.