East Greenwich Education Foundation is proud to announce our 2016 grant awards.
The Foundation provides grants annually and raises funds for the grant cycle through annual community events, including a spelling bee and benefit event. This year EGEF received eighteen grant applications, the second highest in the Foundation’s history. The only other year to receive more applications was 2008, EGEF’s inaugural year.
“We were extremely impressed with the level of creativity, thought and innovation included in the 2016 grants we received,” explained EGEF President Rebecca Bliss, who will be succeeded by Susan Riley for 2016-17. “All of the grants have a well-developed program that will advance innovation, explore learning opportunities and have a strong impact throughout the East Greenwich public schools.”
Here is a detailed listing of the 2016 EGEF grants:
Meadowbrook by the Bay (Meadowbrook Farms)
Brings local marine science education and environmental awareness into all K-2 classrooms—and brings the classrooms into the field. Students will gain a specific understanding of Narragansett Bay as a local resource with global impacts and become experts and educators themselves.
Goldilocks Chairs (Frenchtown)
Funds a research project to investigate classroom space arrangements and dynamic seating alternatives so students can find a seat that is the “just right” fit for developmental well-being and increased completion of work.
21st Century Learning Environment (Eldredge)
Allows for the redesign of a fourth grade classroom space and provides moveable, multi-purpose workstations for each student. Workstations will provide mobility and allow stronger collaboration and more effective utilization of all areas of the classroom.
Desk Pedals (Hanaford)
Portable desk pedals will provide students with to use movement to maximize brain function and anchor learning. Students will be able to pedal during class instruction and independent work.
Global Writing in the 21st Century (Hanaford)
All 4th graders at Hanaford will take writing into the 21st century by expanding and enhancing current skill sets using applications including, but not limited to Bit Strips for Schools, Lucid Press, Kidblog, and movie-making software.
All students in grades 6-12 will be able to track their personal fitness progress through electronic fitnessgram, designed to help students understand the importance of lifetime fitness.
Snap & Read (Cole/EGHS)
Provides universal software for students to support reading and studying. The software will also encourage students and teachers to customize personal Chrome toolbars to support writing tasks.
Read more about this year’s awards in the East Greenwich Patch. (Thanks to Mark Schieldrop!)