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Schools get minigrants

November 18, 2002|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Five Washington County Public Schools were each awarded $300 school system foundation minigrants to improve resources for spring classroom projects.

Clear Spring High School, and Marshall Street, Lincolnshire, Salem Avenue and Paramount elementary schools received the five Washington County Public Schools Foundation minigrants to expand or develop programs in each school that would ordinarily not be funded through the schools or school system.

At Clear Spring High School, learning resource teacher Kevin Jackson was awarded a minigrant to set up a system for students to set their own goals and keep record of their progress.

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A group of teachers, Sandy Lyons, Sally Walton, Teri Feliciano and Trish Fominaya, from Marshall Street Elementary School received a minigrant to set up a sensory room at the school for children who might have difficulties with their senses.

The room contains light boxes, black lights and "textured things," said Fominaya. The grant funded the purchase of the items for the room.

Marianne Childress, a teacher at Lincolnshire Elementary School, was awarded a grant to create a math lending library so children can work on math skills at home with their parents.

At Salem Avenue Elementary School, teacher Deborah L. Grass was awarded a similar grant. She developed a reading program that will be taken home as well, and that will enable parents and grandparents to take a more active role in developing children's reading readiness skills.

Paramount Elementary School will establish a multiple intelligence classroom, which will use a variety of teaching approaches to help students with skills.

Grant applications were received from 25 schools and teachers. Winners were selected based on completeness of applications, administrative approval, creativity and impact on students, said Rochelle Morrell, a member of the grant committee.

She said favored applicants also described programs that could be replicated at another school.

Morrell said the grant committee was pleased that teachers took time out of their busy schedules during this time of year to seek funds for student programs.

The minigrants were awarded at the Nov. 7 Washington County Board of Education meeting.

"We look forward to (the grants) continuing," Morrell said.

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