Congratulations to the 2017 Fall Innovation Grant Winners
The School Foundation is proud to award $9,600 *** for our Fall 2017 Innovation Grants. The school foundation has been awarding Innovative Teacher Grants for over 55 years. We give educators the opportunity to be innovative with their students that requires funding outside of the BCSC general budget. We are proud to award the following grants:
“Together We Can”- Clifty Creek and CSA Fodrea – Suzanne Diehn and Katie Applehans - ($3,000)Funds will be used for participation in the CANstruction competition by United Way. The materials purchased with this grant will allow teachers to provide a hands on opportunity for service to others as well as books and learning materials to challenge each student to think beyond what they know, and to persevere when solutions do not come easily. Through the CANstruction project, the students will be exposed to the STEAM principles. STEAM uses science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics as entry points to guide student conversations, perseverance through problem solving, collaboration and working through the creative process. In addition to the STEAM principles, the students will be actively engaged in budgeting, food choice, presentation skills and other lifelong skills. Cans will be donated to North and East High School Food Pantries.
“Seussical the Musical”- Rockcreek – Kim Jones – ($2,000) Funds will be used for Rockcreek students to stage a production of “Seussical, the Musical”, a musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss. This is an exciting opportunity for the students to enrich music and performance skills, while highlighting the literary work of the great children’s author Theodor Geisel. Eight of his books are represented in the musical. This is truly a “story to song” project. This performance will involve Rockcreek students in Grades 4-6 in the production.
“Elevate!” CSA Lincoln - Laura Burbrink – ($1,180) Grant funds will be used for the Elevate! Project. It focuses on building critical skill sets most necessary to compete intellectually in the global market. Knowing that the process of neuroplasticity has the most rapid changes from ages 8-16, critical and creative thinking skill opportunities must intentionally be offered to students through many modalities. In the project, students would be given time to work independently as well as in small groups in the areas of critical, conceptual, problem-solving, and creative thinking skills.
“Think outside the STEM box” – W.D. Richards - Sara Branaman and Candace Frazier – (1,500) This grant will provide “Think outside the STEM Box” which is a hands-on opportunity for all Richards students. The team will purchase a variety of engineering building materials. Students will be given a box of materials as well as a picture or description of what they are to build. This project will merge STEM into all the disciplines by incorporating pictures or descriptions that align with the content.
“SmartMusic” - Mt. Healthy - BJ Marks - ($120)This grant award will be used to supply each Mount Healthy 6th-grade Band Student with a single school-year subscription to SmartMusic, a Chromebook-based application to be used in conjunction with their band method book, Essential Elements Interactive. SmartMusic will also allow additional UDL based support for students at home.
“Paws in the Halls” *** – Rockcreek - Matthew Wallace, Krea Hill and Kristin Davis – ($1,870 – funds not released yet) This grant will enable Rockcreek to have a therapy dog on the premises for students who need educational, emotional, and behavioral supports during the day. Students who struggle with anxiety in the classroom when reading orally, would have the opportunity to read with the therapy dog. The therapy dog will also be used for students who need to process through emotions that occur in their daily lives. Finally, the therapy dog will be used as a way to encourage our building wide PBIS expectations. *** This Grant has been approved by the BCSF Board but is not fully funded yet as BCSF is working with BCSC’s, Mr. Chris Monroe and Dr. Jim Roberts, to ensure that we are in compliance with BCSC policies and procedures.
Suzi Bruin, Exec. Director 812-378-4733