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Grants In Action
2013 GEF Grant Award Winners
Our Prize Patrol issued $25,767.52 in grants for 2013
The Grafton Education Foundation (GEF)
“Prize Patrol” made 8 stops to surprise this
year’s grant recipients. A total of $25,767.52
was handed out to Grafton school district staff
members who applied for grants during the
2013 grant cycle for GEF. During the annual
Prize Patrol, GEF members show up
unannounced in teacher classrooms with an
oversized check, balloons and green apples
to share the news that their educational grants
will be awarded.
“While it is always exciting to make these grants come true, it’s also disappointing that there are so many great ideas that we cannot fund simply because we ran out of money,” says Bob Hoffman, President of the Grafton Education Foundation. This year, we had $44,000 worth of ideas. All were worthy, but we had to make some tough decisions based on the funds that we have available.”
This year’s grants will impact students at all five public schools in Grafton.
The Grafton Education Foundation raises money throughout the year to fund grant requests. Last year, the GEF gave away $24,000 in grants. In 2011 the amount was $12,000. The GEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation created to address funding gaps for educational programs throughout the five public schools in Grafton.
Author/Illustrator Visit – GES,KES, & WES
V. Stuckens and M. Foerg - $2,838.67
We will bring a nationally-known author/illustrator to all three of the Grafton elementary schools, so that students will hear first-hand from a professional book creator about how ideas are generated and brought to life in print. The Grafton Education Foundation will partner with other organizations to fund this grant.
Early Childhood Play Loft – GES
M. Viesselmann and M. McCabe - $2,263.31
A play loft in the Early Childhood room will allow children with disabilities daily opportunities to increase their overall development. Climbing stairs and walking on platforms will increase gross motor strength, balance and coordination. Children will use their sensory integration skills to organize sight, sound, touch, gravitational awareness and movement. Research shows that children first learn through play. A loft will provide engaging opportunities for children to interact with one another increasing language development, social emotional skills and readiness. The Grafton Education Foundation will partner with the School District of Grafton to award this grant with matching funds through the special education budget.
Fit for Life: Heart Rate Monitors in Physical Education Classes
JLMS – L. Schreurs and J. Hildebrand - $3,988.23
With the use of heart rate monitors during physical education, students will be able to get immediate feedback about their performance/effort levels. In order to increase cardiovascular fitness, students need to be actively participating in class in their target heart rate zone. The heart rate monitors will provide numerical data as to the number of minutes in a class period that each individual student is in his/her target heart rate zone.
iPad with Document Camera Setup for Science Classes – GHS
B. Geiger - $644.05
An iPad 4 with retina display will be used to present science applications to Earth Science and Biology students at Grafton High School. Additionally, the iPad will act as a document/lab display camera when attached to the classroom mounted projection systems and mounting bracket in the science rooms. This will allow an entire classroom filled with students to be able to observe displays and activities that would normally be difficult with higher numbers of students in classroom settings.
Kindergarten iPad Learning Center – GES and KES
S. Gasiorowski, A. Buckles, L. Jarvis, and A. Shanks - $6,064.00
All kindergarten students at both Grafton Elementary and J.F. Kennedy Elementary
Schools will be provided daily individualized learning opportunities through the use of
an iPad Learning Center. This touch pad technology will empower and engage students in consistent, independent practice in all areas of our kindergarten curriculum,specifically literacy and mathematics. Learning will be specific to individualized learning needs below, at, and above district kindergarten learning targets.
Kindergarten Literacy Bags – WES
J. Engstrom - $500.00
In response to kindergarten students not having access to quality, leveled books to read at home to their parents, the Woodview Elementary kindergarten team created an initiative called the Literacy Bag Program. The program provides an individualized reading lesson for each child and his/her parents, a literacy bag to support reading and writing at home each night, and the opportunity for the kindergarten children to frequently choose from appropriate books to read to their parents. The books in this program are leveled and support strategic reading instruction. Parents are considered an integral part of this reading initiative. The communication and literacy tools help to build the foundation for each student to be on track to meet or exceed the district reading benchmarks.
Multi-Process Welders for the Manufacturing Lab – GHS
M. Dodge - $4,106.26
The purchase of two Thermal Arc 252i Fabricator multi-process welders will be used to improve welding instruction at Grafton High School. Each machine is capable of producing high quality welds in the following welding processes: GMAW, GTAW, and SMAW. Students and the instructor will focus on one process at a time to ensure all students master entry level welds before moving to the next process. Until the purchase of these machines, the Grafton High School welding lab only had three machines capable of producing welds in GMAW and GTAW. The lab only contained four welders capable of welding SMAW. Now, we can greatly improve welding instruction at Grafton High School and work towards the goal of producing high quality students to fill the skills gap in the manufacturing industry.
To Hear and Be Heard: Sound Field Amplification Systems – WES
B. Evers and G. Campbell - $5,363.00
Installing sound field amplification systems into the second and third grade classrooms will improve the sound environment, thus evenly distributing sound from the teacher, other students, and multimedia equipment to students in any position within the classroom. As a result, all students in these classrooms will hear what is being said and potentially improve their attentiveness, participation, comprehension, and access to the curriculum.