20 Mar Five Star Education Foundation awards $60,000 in classroom grants
Twenty-one innovative classroom projects funded. In February, the Five Star Education Foundation awarded $60,000 for 21 innovative classroom initiatives throughout Adams 12 Five Star Schools through the Five Star Fund.
The foundation created the Five Star Fund in 2014 to provide grants to district employees for programs and activities that go beyond the district’s limited budget. The grants range from a few hundred dollars up to $5,000, allowing teachers and schools to introduce innovative programs and projects to Five Star students.
“The foundation is committed to providing funding for these exciting, innovative grants,” said Foundation Executive Director Mary Litwiler. “With school budgets tighter than ever, the foundation will continue to work hard with community and corporate donors to help equip all Five Star students for future success.”
This year the foundation received more than 60 grant requests from 34 schools and departments totaling more than $212,000. Some of the innovative projects funded this year include:
- “Hands on Technology,” Mountain Range High School — a $4,875 grant will allow students to see technology come alive through coding and programming. The funds will support three, innovative, hands-on technologies: 30 digital sandboxes, 100 bookmarks to create simple circuits, and 15 interactive, e-textile, stuffed monsters to create an Arduino microprocessor.
- “Wired for Knowledge,” North Mor Elementary School — a $3,999 grant will be used to purchase subscriptions to four databases: PebbleGo, Powerkids, Tumblebooks and Discovery Education. Students will gain access to digital resources for use in research projects that develop 21st-century thinking skills.
- “Instrument Based Vision Screener,” Early Childhood Education — a $5,000 grant will go toward bettering the vision of preschool, kindergarten and special needs students through the purchase of an instrument-based vision screener.
- “Makerspace” — more than $20,000 in grants at various elementary and middle schools will be used to develop Makerspaces. Makerspaces are places where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials.
Adams 12 Five Star Schools is grateful to the Five Star Education Foundation for its ongoing investment in educational services and programs that assist students in achieving their full potential.