WCPS foundation delivers 12 mini-grants to local public schools

The nonprofit is funded through individual donations, and corporate and business sponsorships

November 16, 2011

Washington County Public Schools Education Foundation officials Wednesday delivered 12 mini-grants to local public schools for programs to help educate students, according to a foundation news release.

The foundation received 43 applications requesting more than $38,000. The 12 grants awarded totaled $9,829.83.

Sponsorships are being sought for more classroom mini-grants. For information about program ideas, go to

The nonprofit foundation is funded through individual donations, and corporate and business sponsorships.

Here are the list of grants, their applicants and how they will be used:

Bester Elementary, $999.90, Livescribe smartpens; Kris Pearl and Nancy Hollobaugh.

Livescribe smartpens will allow teachers and students to capture written and verbal instruction in reading, writing, and math, and make it accessible to students. Students can revisit instruction as needed to build comprehension and mathematics concepts.

Boonsboro Elementary, $884.00, "Kindeling" up the love for reading; Valerie Paige Fishack.

"Kindeling" up the love for reading is designed to provide an instructional foundation for third-graders. The project will be designed to improve reading fluency and comprehension through the use of technology.  The purchase of six Kindles will be used to differentiate guided reading groups and give students an opportunity to explore technology at home.

Clear Spring Elementary, $559.98, iPads for Instruction; Christie Brown.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics initiative and impending core standards place an emphasis on the use of technology and the importance of students becoming 21st Century learners. The use of technology through an iPad will help meet the goal of having all students reading on or above-grade level.  It will also help meet curricular goals in reading, writing, and spelling.  

Conococheague Elementary, $902.25, Promethean ActivSlate; Jennifer Miller.

The grant will enable students in the fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms to receive a Promethean ActivSlate.

Conococheague Elementary, $966.85, NOOK Color Intervention; Kathryn Shirk.

This grant would add to the classroom NOOK Color, which offers a collection of popular children's picture books, including beloved classics and new favorites.

Fountain Rock Elementary, $995.12, Fountain Rock Eagles Soar High With Great Books; Anna Hill-Dobbins.

The focus of Fountain Rock Elementary School's Library Media Center is to make learning fun, exciting, and self-directed whenever possible and to get technology into the hands of students during their media class time.  

Greenbrier Elementary, $783.00, Share Our Music Program; Pamela Sarageno.

An Apple iPad2 with accessories and a two-year protection plan will enable the school's students to continue to grow in knowledge and love of the art of music, study its place in our community with direct sharing of class performances, and conduct SKYPE interviews with other classes as well as nonaffiliated county citizens.  

Hickory Elementary, $995.00, Hickory Huskies Bark Down The Ipod Trail; Anna Hill-Dobbins.

At Hickory Elementary School our goal is to prepare all students to be fully participating citizens and leaders in the 21st Century by providing experiences that develop independent and collaborative thinking, build excellent character and foster lifelong learning. One of the goals for the Hickory media center is to put technology into the hands of students.

Hickory Elementary, $923.28, iPad Interactive (Building Communication and Academic Skills Through Educational Apps); Ashley Stotelmyer.

The goal of this project is to use innovative ways to engage students in technology based activities that will foster communication and academic skills.

Maugansville Elementary, $890.00, Read to Me and I Will Read to You; Sarah Young.

The iPad will give these students a way to express their understanding of curriculum, allow them independence in communication, and the confidence in their own learning abilities. The iPad will also be an educational tool that will gain their attention and increase their ability to learn and retain information.

Springfield Middle, $262.50, Beautiful Creative Writing; William Bergan.

This project will help students to enhance their writing skills. When Common Core Standards take effect even more writing will be required of students.  This project will better prepare them for writing assignments in high school and college.  

Williamsport Elementary, $667.95, iPad Interactive Learning; Heather Lindner.

The goal is to expose kindergarten students to a variety of technology learning activities across all subject areas. An iPad will expose students to technology while making learning fun and engaging.

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