2014-2015 Innovative Classroom Grants

$18,342 granted – 3607 students impacted this year!

1) Open Door Theater Second Grade Performance at Canyon Creek Elementary. Impact: 120 students.

$800 awarded for Open Door Theater presentation to second graders at Canyon Creek Elementary to support the Foundation’s Initiative for Health & Enrichment. Under the direction of Helen Ziemkowski, Open Door Theater is a personal health and safety program designed to provide children with skills to protect themselves against any kind of abuse. This project has been occurring at the school for over 20 years, with excellent results. The size of the school requires additional performances. The grant facilitates this opportunity for all Canyon Creek second graders.

2) Historical Civil Rights Movement Literacy Materials at Arrowhead Elementary. Impact: 600 students.

$600 awarded for the expansion of the 6th grade civil rights movement curriculum at Arrowhead Elementary to support the Foundation’s Initiatives for Literacy, and Disadvantaged Students. Under the direction of Julie Sogge, this grant provides a comprehensive selection of fiction and non-fiction books for all readers aimed at increasing social thinking through the exploration of the personal narratives of people from the Civil Rights Movement. Students will apply the knowledge applies to current world events in the hopes of preparing them to be leaders in the future.

3) Art Learning Supplies at Shelton View Elementary. Impact: 400 students.

$1,000.00 awarded for Art Supplies for Second graders at Shelton View Elementary in support the Foundation’s Initiative for Literacy & Arts. Under the direction of Alison Thurman, this program increases students’ artistic perception of relationships and applications of art which are valuable components in child development. Students will demonstrate understanding , appreciation and respect for the use of community art tools and develop competencies and creative skills in problem solving, communication and management of time as contributing factors to lifelong learning.

4.) Lego Renewable Energy at Wellington Elementary. Impact: 300+ students.

$1,000.00 awarded for Lego Renewable Energy kits for Fifth and sixth grade students in the Pace Program at Wellington Elementary to support the Foundation’s initiatives of Science Technology Engineering and Math. Under the direction of parent Heather Church, the foundation will provide 10 renewable energy add-on sets to supplement the existing Lego NXT equipment already in use.   Students in this program will explore renewable energy sources, investigate energy supply transfer, accumulation, conversion, and consumption; and use measurement and data analysis to describe and explain outcomes through hands on activities and exciting real life models.

5) Marimbas Ensemble at Kokanee Elementary. Impact: 6730 students.

$1,000.00 awarded for a Marimbas at Kokanee Elementary to support the Foundation’s Literacy & Arts. Under the direction of Yuh-Pye Lin, this beginning ensemble piece of equipment will allow students the opportunity to perform music and be prepared for junior high performance opportunities.   Playing Marimbas engages students in a meaningful music experience and provide a means for students to achieve the Washington State music standards. By playing in the marimba ensemble students will build musicality as well as additional skills to support all learning.

6) STEM education at Hollywood Hill Elementary. Impact: 1100 students.

$1,000.00 awarded for STEM education at Hollywood Hill to support the Foundation’s STEM initiative. Under the direction of Kurt Archuleta, this pilot STEM program brings Project Lead the Way to the elementary school in the Launch Curriculum. This is connected to the next generation science standards and students will deepen their knowledge in the sciences including the engineering practice, and will have context to apply foundational reading and writing skills. We are using the context of Stem to increase rigor in learning for fourth and fifth grade students.

7) Keyboards at Woodin Elementary. Impact: 2500 students.

$1,000.00 awarded for six 61 key portable keyboard and headphones at Woodin Elementary to support the Foundation’s Initiative for Literacy & Arts. Under the direction of Lindsey Barske this grant will provide the additional key boards needed to insure every student has the opportunity to strengthen the connection between reading music and applying it to playing an instrument. Headphones allow each student to work independently and at their own pace, building confidence and competence.

8) Cellos at Shelton View, Kenmore, Arrowhead, and Lockwood Elementary. Impact: 30 students.

$3942 awarded for two cellos to be used between Shelton View, Kenmore, Arrowhead, and Lockwood Elementary to support the Foundation’s initiatives for Literacy and Arts. Under the direction of Karen Kramer, this program provides two additional cellos to serve the music program at these schools. There are currently 18 cellists sharing 9 cellos at school and three students without access to cellos at home.   Over the life span of each instrument this project will fill an essential need for numerous disadvantaged students, positively build upon the existing string orchestra program and provide a unique opportunity to the many benefits of musical instrument education for students who would otherwise have insufficient access.

9) Intensive Reading Intervention at Shelton View. Impact: 2500 students.

$1,000.00 awarded for Intensive Reading Intervention at Shelton View to support the Foundation’s Literacy initiative. Under the direction of Deb Stone, this program provides students with a selection of high quality books that interest students and meet their reading needs, to help bring all students to reading standard by third grade.

10)  Student Built, Self Replicating 3D printers at Timbercrest Junior High. Impact: 1500 students.

$1,000.00 awarded for Student Built, Self Replicating 3D printers at Timbercrest Junior High to support the Foundation’s S.T.E.M. initiative. Under the direction of Josh Caldwell, this project purchases parts and filament required to create two 3D printers. Computer Science students will create, recreate and maintain 3D printers to explore developments and different approaches to 3D Printing. This project will also increase access to printers and providing state of the art industry level experience for junior high students.

11)  AP Biology Curriculum at Woodinville High School. Impact: 35 students

$1,000.00 awarded for AP Biology Curriculum at Woodinville High Schools to support the Foundation’s Initiative for Advanced and Disadvantaged Students and STEM. Under the direction of Jennifer Veterane, this grant will provide all of the supplies necessary to complete all the Biology labs now required by the College Board.

12) Experiential Learning in Contemporary World Issues at Secondary Academy for Success Impact: 100 students.

$1,000.00 awarded for Experiential Learning in Contemporary World Issues at Secondary Academy for Success to support the Foundation’s Initiative for Advanced and Disadvantaged Students. Under the direction of Dawn MacArthur, this grant will fund guest speakers and materials allowing students to make real world connections to classroom topics, helping them prepare for their future and understand more clearly how to be a global citizen.

13) Music Production and Performance at Secondary Academy of Success. Impact: 25 students .

$1000 awarded for the music production and performance program at the Secondary Academy of Success.   Under the direction of Robert Morgan, nearly 25% of the students at SAS have participated in this incentive based program which has proven to improve student academic performance, improve attendance, increase self-confidence and creates an environment of creativity and mastery for students.

14) Snack Food at Northshore Networks. Impact: 12 students annually.

$1,000 awarded for Snack Food for Northshore Networks students to support the Foundation’s initiatives for Health & Enrichment and for Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners. Under the direction of Amy Strandy, this grant provides nutritional snack for students during their consulting sessions and cohort classes. By giving these students access to healthy food options this grant helps learners to have the opportunity to be able to excel academically and meet their highest potential.

15) Ereader Tablet Devices at Northshore Junior High. Impact: 2100 students.

$1000 awarded for 5 ipad mini for circulation at Northshore Junior High to support the Foundation’s Initiative for Literacy & Arts, STEM and Advanced and Disadvantaged learners.  Under the direction of Donna Matthies, these tablets are aimed at motivating reluctant readers by providing digital content and the ability to mask their remedial reading level, sometimes revealed by book covers or size of the book. This pilot program will allow the assessment of accurate costs, content management and other issues around e-readers for application to more students in the future.

16) Fox in the Kitchen at Kenmore, Skyview and Northshore Junior Highs. Impact: 2400 students.

$1000 awarded to support Fox in the Kitchen as a part of the Hang-time Program at Kenmore, Skyview and Northshore Junior Highs supporting the Foundation’s Initiative for Advanced and Disadvantaged Learned and Health and Enrichment. Under the direction of Lauren Hopp and Eileen Jowell students will participate in the Fox in the Kitchen cooking class which teaches proper food handling, science and team work. This program supplements the regular tutoring and mentoring that occurs as a part of the hang-time program.

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