Released by Maya Bethany with Lindale ISD:
LINDALE, TX - Lindale teachers were greeted with a loud and exciting surprise Wednesday morning as the Lindale ISD Education Foundation's "Grant Patrol" visited five LISD campuses to notify 13 teachers they had been awarded a grant.
In its second year of existence, this is the first time the Foundation has awarded grants. Seventeen applications were submitted for the fall round of grants and eight projects were selected for funding. The Foundation will fund $8,472.30 in grants this fall. A much larger amount of grants will be funded during the spring of the 2009-2010 school year.
"When we arrived and saw the look on the teachers and students faces, it brought joy to all of our hearts," Executive Director Maya Bethany said. "This is what the Foundation is about. We raise funds from businesses and citizens for the purpose of funding unique, classroom projects not funded by the school district's budget. Our board of directors has worked hard for the past two years to take in donations for the benefit of our students. Today was another fun chapter in our Foundation's story and we look forward to many, many more."
The Foundation's Grant Applications Committee selects which grants to fund based on a number of criteria including the innovation of the project, benefit to students of all backgrounds, its support of district and campus goals and objectives. The Grant Applications Committee includes directors from the LISD Education Foundation, LISD teachers and principals, and the district's director of curriculum. Applicant names are omitted during the review process.
To help fund the spring round of grants, the Foundation's Founders' Drive is currently underway. The Foundation's goal is to raise a total of $150,000 this fall. The Foundation raised more than $80,000 in pledged donations during the lead gifts campaign and after the official Founders' Drive Kickoff the Foundation has raised an additional $15,000. The Founders' Drive ends December 4.
Audrey Klein of Lindale High School awarded $961.74 for her project Who Killed Henry Ward. Students become detectives and determine Who Killed Henry Ward, in a hit-and-run car accident almost 100 years ago. Students will solve this crime by utilizing various cross-curricular techniques including blood typing, forensic anthropology, fingerprint analysis, impression analysis for tires and shoes, hair analysis, blood splatter and DNA evidence. Designed for 11th grade chemistry students, this is an incentive project that will be used as a reward after the Exit Level Science Test.
Whitney Crews, Michele Duke, Jan Hancock, Sherian Thornton of E.J. Moss Intermediate School awarded $991.54 for their project "Eye" Spy. This project will utilize jewelers' loupes to give students their own personal microscope. This enables them to see the world in a new way by focusing and taking out distractions. From there they will incorporate writing and art with science as they unleash their creativity with drawing, journal entries and poems. It will also lead to analogies and experiments as they become higher order thinkers and problem solvers working through the scientific method.
Amy Thompson of Velma Penny Elementary School awarded $652.88 for her project E-Learning Circles. Students will be able to express themselves in video, art and written form through a virtual community. Students are paired with classrooms from around the world to share, discuss, compare and critique written work. Students will correspond through written assignments, e-mail, chat forums, DVD and video. A new perspective of cultural awareness helps students better understand themselves and the role they play in our world.
Sally Taylor and Walter James of Lindale High School awarded $2,133.39 for their project Descriptions of the World Written with Light. Funding for this project was provided by Target. Students will use photography as a means to view their world with fresh perspectives. Students will be called on to view their world within the scope of a camera's viewfinder while observing it with an artist's critical eye.
Wendy Phillips of Lindale Primary School awarded $780.00 for her project Reading Radio. Reading Radio will allow students to use iPods to create podcasts of books and stories. It will help teachers attempting to improve the fluency and comprehension of struggling, reluctant, below-grade level readers, bilingual students, minority children and children diagnosed with ADD or Dyslexia. Students will be able to share their podcasts and hear their own progress throughout the year.
Denise Fleming of Lindale Junior High School awarded $1,000 for her project Come on baby light my world (of theatre). Theatre students will apply their knowledge of light equipment and light design to create their own lighting plot for a production. Working collaboratively with the playwright's intentions, the director and other students, theatre students will participate in a variety of small workshops on understanding lighting, equipment and color to create a unique result.
Anna M. Davis and Megen Bass of Velma Penny Elementary School awarded $1,001.18 for their project Math on the M.O.V.E. Math on the M.O.V.E. will allow struggling, at-risk students an alternative approach to learning math skills through hands-on manipulatives, literature and games. Third and fourth grade students will gain understanding through visual explanations of math skills that will later transfer to more abstract applications.