Hopkins Education Foundation awarded another $51,000 in grants for programs at local schools, the organization announced this month.
The foundation provides money for programs and technology that the wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. It also accelerates pilot programs and provides new technology for the classroom, such as interactive white boards and iPads.
In all, the foundation has awarded more than $1.9 million to the district since its founding in 1995.
This spring it awarded three grants:
- Books on Hand (About $20,000, all elementary schools, Bonnie Hild): Expands book options for third- and fourth-grade classroom libraries in order to build literacy skills. The grant will provide each student a rotating group of books balanced for fiction and nonfiction and skill levels. In the past, teachers often had to buy books at their own expense.
- Where Everyone Belongs ($11,309, , Dana Baker and Sarah Coffey): Expands a pilot that links incoming seventh graders with ninth graders who are trained as mentors. The older students help the younger ones discover what it takes to be successful in junior high.
- Improving Student Achievement through S.T.E.M. ($19,550, , Mary Jo Merickel, Darlene Lines, Julie Burke, Julie Schlecht, Robb Trenda, Lynda Seitz, Anne Kuffel, Elizabeth Nemec, and Chris Ohotto): Pays for “Explore Lab” learning kits that will be used schoolwide for engineering experiences. Students learn Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills best when they can tackle real-world problems.
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