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Flint schools get $6,784 in education grants

The Flint Classroom Support Fund has announced grants totaling $6,784 for the 2011-2012 school year. The fund provides financial support for special projects in education and instruction for Flint Community Schools students.

Of the $6,784 awarded this year, $4,384 will go to nine classrooms and $2,400 was split between two schools. Awards ranged from $145 to $750 for teachers, and $1,200 for school projects.

One of the school projects funded this year submitted by Sanica Hill for Northwestern High School Schools of Choice, is a tribute to honor teens lost to violence. Titled Gone But Not Forgotten, the project is meant to help students cope with the emotional stress of losing classmates, friends and relatives and to regroup to get back to academic responsibilities.

Southwestern Academy teacher Linda Heck was awarded $750 to purchase two interactive slates to use with Promethean boards for students with disabilities that cannot stand to participate in board activities.

For nearly 30 years, the Flint Classroom Support Fund has existed to enrich and strengthen the learning experiences of Flint Community Schools students. The program does this by providing funds to support classroom and schoolwide projects, which enable creative teaching ideas to become realities.

The fund has awarded about $300,000 to 500 classrooms and 100 schools with support from a variety of community donors, including the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Congress of School of Administrators and Flint Area Schools Credit Union and numerous individuals who contribute through the United Way.

Preschool and Kindergarten

  • Wee Kids Scoot, Krista Durham, Durant-Tuuri-Mott, $183.91. Special needs preschoolers will use a program of prone scooter board activities to increase body organization, focused attention and upper body strength. Three classrooms will use the materials. The materials requested are durable and expected to provide ongoing continuation of the program for at least 10 to 15 years.
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll To Improve Learning, Norma J. Crummer, Manley, $350. Teacher would like to purchase music and art supplies for use in expanding the curriculum and improve motor and sensory development by providing students with the correct materials so they can each have materials to use at circle time and in the classroom. Three- and four-year-old students would benefit from this grant.
  • Fantastic Physical Education, Jenifer Burke, King, $350. Kindergarten students will increase minutes per day spent on physical activity in the classroom. The request is for equipment usable in the classroom that will allow them to focus on gross motor skills and being physically active in the classroom. The equipment will allow for small group activities or total group settings. Gym time is limited and the materials will allow more time in the classroom.
  • Family Game Night, Theresa Skene, Neithercut, $400. Teacher would like to develop an activity that creates a partnership between home and school that will strengthen higher level thinking, comprehension and reading skills. The students will have the opportunity to take home a learning pack that includes a book and a game. Teacher would like to purchase the activities that she will be able to continue the project for many years.
  • Vtech Readers and Innotab, Dianne Spencer, Scott, $708. Teacher would like to buy Vtech Readers and books that go with them and the Vtech lab and learning games to go with the kits. She would like to set up learning labs in the classroom to enhance reading and math skills. This would become a center in the classroom with many chances for interaction and learning.

Grades One to Three

  • Musical Fun with Phonics, Jamelee Ryckman, Washington, $750. Teacher would like to use musical videos to introduce students to musical styles, which include jazz, blues, rock, country, folk, soul and rap. Kindergarten through third graders will act, sing and perform songs and musical skits revolving around early literacy skills. She will purchase materials locally for the project. She needs a video camera, costumes, props and camera supplies. Annette Marchinoski Award.
  • Life Though the Eyes of Fourth Graders, Roger Roy, Summerfield, $497.84. Teacher would like to purchase 30 digital cameras for use in the classroom. The project will promote student learning beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Students will explore facets of the community by taking photos of the community and surrounding area and then write about the photo. The teacher hopes to increase awareness of the community activities and compare and contrast life today with life in the past. The class will make presentations to parents, community leaders, the principal and other classrooms. Flint Area Schools Credit Union Award.

Grades Seven to 12

  • Access to Promethean Boards for Students with Disabilities, Linda Heck, Southwestern Academy, $750. Teacher is requesting money to purchase two interactive slates to use with the Promethean Board for students with disabilities that cannot stand at the board to participate in board activities. Several students are in wheelchairs or scooters and cannot access the entire board. They are limited to working at the lower portions of the board only. The two wireless slates will allow students to participate from their desk and interact with the entire lesson. Flint Area Schools Credit Union Award.
  • American Computer Science League, Patricia Topping, Southwestern Academy, $145. Teacher would like to have the registration fee paid to participate in computer activities at the national level. The teacher used this program in another district and had very successful results. Students who want to go into computer programming and engineering will benefit from using this program. Students will be able to compete in contests and earn computer rewards if they win.

School Grants

  • Traveling Planetarium, Bridget Davidek, Neithercut, $1,200. This grant will provide a portable planetarium to be set up in the school to enable students to make observations and learn about the solar system. They would like to have two shows and 360 students will be able to have this experience in their own school. This interactive, fun show will provide an enrichment activity which will excite and motivate students to learn about the solar system, as well as provide students with an exciting opportunity to explore using their senses.
  • Gone But Not Forgotten — A tribute honoring teens lost to violence, Sanica Hill, Schools of Choice and Northwestern High School, $1,200. Gone But Not Forgotten is an assembly to remember and pay tribute to the lives of teens lost to violence. This program will be free and open to the public. The purpose of this project is to help students cope with the emotional distress of losing classmates, friends and relatives to violence in our community and to regroup to get back to academic responsibilities. They will hold a teen forum, a tribute to lost loved ones with music, dance, drama, poetry, songs, and raps. They will have a balloon release with inspirational messages in memory of lost teens. A videographer will record the event to give to 10 family members. They will need funding for flyers, programs and balloons.

This is a total of $6784.75, which includes an additional $250 that the winner of the Annette Marchinoski Award receives. Winners of the Flint Area Schools Credit Union Awards receive a certificate and the grant is funded exclusively by the credit union. Other grants are funded from a combination of donations, fundraising and the Community Foundation.

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