Grafton Education Foundation
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2011 GEF Grant Award Winners
Our Prize Patrol issued $12,060 in grants for 2011
Low Ropes Challenge Course
Mike Kalina and Bob Geiger received a grant worth $4,200 to build a Low Ropes Course in the woods behind Grafton High School. The course contains 15 stations with traversing cables, spider webs, low climbing walls, trust falls, mental challenge elements and team building challenges. This course is used by physical education classes in all Grafton schools and is available to community groups as well. The Low Ropes Course is designed to increase student’s use of critical thinking skills as well as team building skills. To learn more or to schedule time on the course visit their webpage.
8th Grade Reality Store
Lori Mathias and Sandy Guiliani, members of the business department at JLMS and GHS were awarded a grant worth $1,526 to develop and implement a Reality Store for all 8th grade students in the Grafton School District. This project will build financial literacy by working on various skills related to career selections, check balancing, and budget. The lessons will culminate in a one-day simulation of a monthly budget they choose based on career and family.
Laura Jarvis and April Shanks, kindergarten teachers at Grafton Elementary School are the recipients of a $819.68 grant to fund Tales2Go MP3 Listening Centers in their classrooms. Each kindergarten classroom is now equipped with an iPod, and MP3 Listening Center with headphones for up to six children. The iPod is loaded with a subscription to Tales2Go, an online library of over 1,400 audio books. This listening center will replace the current system of cassette tapes, and will offer the kindergarten students a wider variety of books to choose from in a format that will build their technology skills.
iPads for Special Education
Shareen Mortag and Katie Herrick of Grafton Elementary School received $1,800 in grant funding to purchase three iPads, cases and appropriate applications for use with students at GES who have special educational needs. The text-to-voice, zoom, closed-captioning, and high contrast display features of the iPad allow for educational adaptations necessary for some students with unique learning styles.
iPads for Occupational Therapy
Christina Sheer and Diane Vespraskas received a grant award totaling $1,145.82 to purchase 2 iPads and related applications for use with students at all grade levels in the Grafton School District who receive occupational therapy services. The iPads provide students with reduced motor and visual skills a technology that will assist with activities such as drawing and printing.
Smart Board for Tech Ed
Robin Morgan, who teaches technology education at John Long Middle School received $2568.50 in grant money to purchase an interactive whiteboard for use with her classes. This technology will be used to enhance student learning of complex engineering concepts and 3-dimensional modeling. It would also provide the opportunity for more cross-curricular work between technology education and core academic areas.