Mini-grants awarded for projects at five Washington County schools

March 28, 2012
  • Fountaindale School for the Arts and Academic Excellence music teacher Jennifer Roberts, right, reacts to the news that she is the recipient of a $895 mini-grant from the Washington County Public Schools Foundation. The money will go to buy an Apple iPad and applications that will assist students in music composition. School principal Teri Williamson, left, brought Roberts from her office to receive the news.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

The Washington County Public Schools Education Foundation on Wednesday morning delivered spring 2012 classroom mini-grants to schools. 

The Prize Patrol kicked off at Fountaindale Elementary School with business sponsors of the program being honored. Sponsors then join the foundation members on visits to other schools to announce the grant awards to the teachers.
Five awards totaling $3,429.84 were given during the day to three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. In all, 38 applications were submitted requesting more than $33,300
The Classroom Mini-Grant Program of the Washington County Public Schools Education Foundation is designed to encourage exceptional and innovative ideas that enhance the educational process for students. WCPS has distributed more than $60,000 in classroom mini-grants in its three year history.

Following are the award recipients, amounts and projects:

• Fountaindale Elementary School, $895  for “Composition Creativity with Technology” — A project for students in kindergarten-fifth grade. “Composition Creativity with Technology” is a project for students in kindergarten-fifth grade. Students will use various apps for the iPad to compose and improvise music.

• Eastern Elementary School, $814, “Fitness Technology” — The project goal is to introduce current technology into the classrooms for an enhanced experience that will further motivate and enrich each student’s classroom experience. It is designed to lead to increased participation while battling the ongoing threat of childhood obesity.

• Greenbrier Elementary School, $269.00, “Digital Learning to Enhance Reading Skills” — This project will allow elementary students to work on reading skills based on individual need using a computer game-based learning format. When they are comfortable with that, they can take their skills to a multi-user environment, allowing for collaboration, friendly competition, and other digital skills that students need to be successful, all while practicing their reading!

• North Hagerstown High School, $451.84, “Foundations of Technology Forensics Unit Field Trip” — The goal of this project is provide an opportunity for students to explore a working forensics laboratory as part of the STEM program in Foundations of Technology while learning about Forensics. Students will. among other things, develop an understanding of and be able to select and use medical technologies.

• Springfield Middle School and Williamsport High School $1,000, “Electrify Your Strings” — This program will allow students to learn about technology and music simultaneously, with a hands-on, creative learning environment. Electric strings will help include the Arts in the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at Springfield Middle and Williamsport High. The STEM program goal is to develop independent, life-long learners, through explorations in science, technology, engineering, and math with technology training.

More information can be obtained at or by contacting Tara Horst, foundation board president, at 301-992-3085; or Teresa Thorn, WCPS development coordinator, WCPS System Development Office at 301-766-2974.

Sponsors Include: Antietam Cable TV Inc.; Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown; Sharrett Inc.; Washington County Teachers Association; Atlantic Security Systems Inc.; Hagerstown Honda/Hagerstown Kia; and WJEJ Radio AM 1240.

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