Since 1987, Rotary/PEF and the Love Foundation have awarded over $622,000.00 in Grants to our local schools!
On May 8, 2012 during the Rotary Club of Evansville’s Education Committee Luncheon, the following Classroom Enrichment Grants were awarded. Private/Parochial Grant Winners 2012/2013
1. Matt Schmitt $418.00 Holy Redeemer School Unlimited number of students
“Flipped Classroom” is a project whereby students watch a lesson at night and work on homework during the day in class. This allows teachers to provide immediate and individualized feedback to ensure students completion of assignments.
2. Jamie Broeker $1,440.0 Holy Spirit School 35 students
“Escalating the Potential of Power Reading” is a multi-sensory program designed to improve students’ reading fluency, word recognition and comprehension in a short period of time. The project is geared for students with diverse levels of academic abilities.
3. Maria Key $750.00 Good Shepherd School 80 students
“Technology Meets Tradition: Charging Novel Studies” is a collaborative project with St. Benedict school whereby eighth grade students will participate in blogging challenges based on literary skills and guided by the Indiana standards. Students will create videos, skits, movie trailers, etc. to demonstrate their skills using the Skype program.
4. Amanda Cox $750.00 St. Benedict School 80 students
“Technology Meets Tradition: Charging Novel Studies” is a collaborative project with Good Shepherd school whereby eighth grade students will participate in blogging challenges based on literary skills and guided by the Indiana standards. Students will create videos, skits, movie trailers, etc. to demonstrate their skills using the Skype program.
5. Donna Scheller $750.00 Resurrection School 130 students
“A-MAZE-ing Minds in Motion” involves fifteen simple exercises that each child performs in a Maze area. This movement is designed to increase academic scores by laying proper neural pathways for children to acquire sensory motor skills.
6. Linda Jacobs $130.00 St. Theresa School 75 students
“Literature: A Source of Values” is a project to provide novels with good role models to junior high students. The novels will demonstrate a viewpoint on family values through good literature.
7. Danielle Davis $1,011.00 Holy Rosary School 44 students
“Reading Station Projects” will provide first grade classes at Holy Rosary Catholic School with new books on CD and a Readers’ Theater script set to use during Reading Stations. Children will use these motivating materials to help develop fluency, build comprehension and provide writing experiences connected to literacy.
8. Angela Conner $780.00 Mater Dei High School 275 students
“VERBO game to increase verb knowledge” is a teacher created resource available from Teacher’s Discovery. The instructional strategy uses various conjugations, tenses and meaning of commonly used verbs in the Spanish language. Verbs are one of the most difficult concepts for students to master.
Public School Grant Recipients 2012-2013
High School Grants
Missy Feller Bosse High School
$700.00 Imagery: Fine Arts Magazine of Bosse High School
Funds will allow for the 2013 publication of Imagery, a fine arts magazine of student and faculty work rated “excellent” by the National Council of Teachers of English.
Beth Funk Harrison High School
$317.00 Flip and Move
Traditional lesson plans will be augmented by films created by the instructor with a tablet and software purchased through this grant. The instructor will also be able to interact with the Promethean Board while interacting with her students throughout the classroom.
Erinn Jankowski Harrison High School
$1,400.00 CFCO “Going Green”
Grant money will be used to create a “green screen” area for the Center for Family and Community Outreach, enabling students to offer high quality production skills to local non-profits.
Andrew Odom Harrison High School
$1,000.00 Harrison High School Literacy Initiative
Teachers will continue to improve the “Reading Labs” offered to struggling readers at the high school level by purchasing interactive, engaging materials.
Leah Simon Harrison High School
$1,720.00 Mathematics for Relevance, Experiences, and Practice Using CCSS
Teachers will prepare kits containing relevant and engaging supplies, games, and materials to be used in teaching CCSS the Harrison Mathematics department.
Marie Damron North High School
$750.00 The Husky Nature Observer
Funds will be used to purchase native flower and tree seedlings, as well as gardening tools and supplies in order to create an outdoor classroom setting by the North High School lake.
Alyson McIntyre-Reiger North High School
$1,500.00 Husky Headquarters
Students will purchase spirit apparel and products, along with promotional materials and a cash register to open a North High School Spirit Shop. The project will become self-sustaining through future sales.
Heather Swader North High School
$300.00 Starting Strong
A.P. Studio Arts students will be provided access to digital training and art resources, purchased with funds from this grant.
Middle School Grants
Elizabeth Schmidt McGary Middle School
$535.00 Project iLearn
At risk, special education students will be given access to iPad technology and applications focused on English, language arts, and positive classroom behaviors.
Polly Grudzinski Plaza Park Middle School
$2,000.00 Plaza Park Pacer Student Newsletter
Funds will furnish computer, software, and publishing needs for the creation of a student newsletter by 8th grade honors students.
Andrea Kneubuhler Plaza Park Middle School
$2,290.00 Learning the Way You Like!
This grant will provide 6th and 8th grade math students graphing calculators and ActivTablets in order to improve retention and understanding of math concepts by creating an engaging classroom environment.
Sara Batliner Thompkins Middle School
$1,150.00 Flipping Classroom Engagement
Middle school mathematics standards-based videos will be created with the hardware and software purchased with this grant. Students’ will have the opportunity to experience a “flipped classroom,” with an emphasis on taking responsibility for their own learning.
K-8 Schools/Elementary School Grants
Jeremy Buente Caze Elementary School
$735.00 Caze Cougars Publishing
The grant will provide funds for 90 first graders to create and publish books to share with friends, family, and the community.
Samantha Potts Caze Elementary School
$743.00 Why Try Elementary Cirriculum
Character-education software will be purchased that is designed to assist at-risk K-5 graders in navigating day-to-day social, emotional, and developmental stressors.
Emma Couture Culver Family Learning Center
$810.00 More Starfall in the Early Childhood Classroom
A subscription to the award-winning “Starfall” educational website will be purchased for early childhood education classrooms at Culver Family Learning Center, Daniel Wertz, and Evans School.
Elizabeth Fleenor Dexter Elementary School
$500.00 Bringing Reading to Life
Funds will purchase books for use in four Kindergarten classrooms to enhance daily instruction and meet Common Core Standards.
Maleah Jackson Dexter Elementary School
$500.00 You Books
Funds will purchase books to be used in 2nd grade classroom implementation of the Daily 5 program.
Stephanie Stewart Dexter Elementary School
$1,460.00 Stop, Think, and Chill: Exerting Mind Skills Before Physical Skills
Two Dexter “cool-off” rooms will be remodeled with tools and supplies that will help decrease physical and verbal aggression in K-5 grade emotionally handicapped students.
September Lant Evans School
$750.00 Second Grade Super Readers
Books will be purchased to create a “Second Grade Chapter Book Club” in hopes of continuing to engage more advanced readers and inspiring other students to explore reading.
Patty Ebert Hebron Elementary School
$750.00 Science is My Favorite Subject
Grant money will be used to create a science corner that combines books, kits, and supplies on specific topics.
Makalia Blackburn Highland Elementary School
$1,000.00 Fun in the Rain Forest and
Enjoying our Natural Treasure: The Bonny Brae
Money will be divided between two projects encouraging science and outdoor exploration in elementary students.
Deborah Feagley Lincoln School
$1,500.00 iCan, iWill, iPad
iPads will be purchased for a new cross-categorical classroom at Lincoln with a high percentage of students with Autism.
Jamie Haller Lodge Community School
$2,300.00 Daily 5 Reading Program
Books and audio supplies will be purchased to allow for the implementation of the Daily 5 reading program in order to comply with new state laws concerning 3rd grade reading.
Amy Michel Lodge Community School
$1,135.00 Learning Large with Lego
Legos will be purchased and used to inspire and engage students in math and language arts lessons built around the Common Core Standards for their grade levels.
Laura Clark Oak Hill School
$375.00 Focusing Readers on Comprehension
Funds will be used to purchase books to supplement 1st grade language arts curriculum with the intent of focusing the students on comprehension.
Kristie Grider Oak Hill School
$750.00 iPod, iPod, iPod!
iPods will be used for small group and independent work with the intent of inspiring students with technology while at the same time reinforcing concepts being practiced in traditional ways in the classroom.
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