The Bellingham Public School Foundation has announced the 2012-13 grant recipients. Twenty-two grants totaling $14,000 will impact more than 7,000 K-12 students and fund enhancements to literacy, math, and leadership development curriculum, according to the press release.
The school-based grants, given to support teaching and learning, allow each school to determine its own needs and designate how the funds are spent.
Here's the list of elementary schools and projects the community grants funded:
Alderwood: after-school activity bus funding to support extended and enrich learning;
Carl Cozier: establishing a school garden with fifth-grade leadership team;
Columbia: access to Dreambox online math support program for students;
Cordata: iPad to promote and support communication skills of mute students;
Geneva: purchase of two video cameras to record proficiency and develop tech proficiency;
Happy Valley: author Nick James returns to provide writing instruction and inspiration to all grades;
Larrabee: materials to build a lunchroom recycling sorting table to enable good practices;
Lowell: Empowerment Day, leadership development program "Leader in Me;"
Northern Heights: RAZkids, web-based reading program enabling students to practice and reinforce reading skills at home and school;
Parkview: cassette voice recorders, portable CD players and earphones to enhance literacy skills;
Roosevelt: Arts Impact materials and supplies to support arts infusion program;
Silver Beach: Parent Education Nights focused on strategies to develop responsible, independent students;
Sunnyland: books for an expanded summer reading program for all students;
Wade King: Care Team support of intervention for struggling students.
And the $750 grants to middle schools and $1,000 grants for high schools:
Fairhaven: extended learning/remediation materials for reading and writing;
Kulshan: Kulshan to College experiences for AVID students to develop and apply college readiness skills;
Shuksan: Student recognition in support of students making good choices;
Whatcom: high-jump mat and cover needed for safe access to this track and field activity;
Bellingham: Spanish texts to develop a Hispanic novel unit plus purchase of graphing calculators to provide a loaner program;
Options: intersession support allows students to have some elective options;
Sehome: portable screens for improved communication at school-wide assemblies;
Squalicum: scholarship dollars enabling kids in Advanced Placement classes to take the end-of-course exams and earn college credit.
For more information about how to support the Bellingham Public School Foundation, go online to foundation.bellinghamschools.org.
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