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Nine schools receive minigrants

November 22, 2009|By BRIDGET DiCOSMO

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Nine county schools received 10 grants totaling more than $5,000 from the Washington County Public Schools Education Foundation minigrant program.

The grants, handed out in the fall and the spring, are designed to fund exceptional or unique ideas that improve education and encourage learning, said Tara Horst, president of the foundation's board.

"We want to reward exceptional ideas that teachers have," Horst said.

The foundation received 66 applications for grants totaling more than $47,000.

Applicants were selected to receive grants based on their applications and a committee review to determine how the money would be used, Horst said.

"Teachers' ideas vary from year to year," she said.

The grants were delivered to the schools on Friday.

The schools that received grants were:

n Western Heights Middle School received $279 to launch Operation Gotcha, a program geared toward introducing students to videography with flip cameras. The school also received $1,000 to purchase a Global Positioning System to use as a learning tool.

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n Williamsport Elementary School received $549.69 for a vocabulary enrichment program. The money will provide an electronic sign that will display targeted vocabulary in the school's cafeteria.

n Williamsport High School received $350 to fund the Black-eyed Susan Reading Incentive.

n Rockland Woods Elementary School received $225 for a program in which students create an original story and use clay animation to bring it to life.

n Salem Avenue Elementary School received $373.66 to establish a chess club.

n Hancock Elementary School received $175 to start a reading incentive program.

n Pangborn Elementary School received $915.47 to support a program designed to boost interactive learning opportunities.

n Boonsboro Middle School received $385 to purchase the Beatles Rock Band Experience game for a music program.

n Smithsburg High School received $771.35 to fund a writing media program.

For more information about the foundation, go to www.wcpseducationfoundation.org.

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