Reading Education Foundation Grants Awarded

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Reading Education Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 Grant Awards totaling $44,214.19, benefiting every school in our district. Please join us in congratulating this year’s recipients.


Computing in the Arts:  With user-friendly micro-controllers and software, students will create meaningful visual or musical artifacts that respond to human inputs. Grant proposed by Steve Cogger

Active Sitting Workspace Options: A pilot study of specially-designed seating options which will improve focus, attention and concentration.   Grant proposed by Danja Mahoney

3D Printers for Hands-on Design Production:  The addition of three 3D printers will allow all students in the Intro to Engineering Design course to produce their designs. Grant proposed by Charles Strout


STEAM Makerspace at the Secondary Level LCMs: The purchase of kits and materials will support hand-on, collaborative creativity in these DIY areas designed for blending Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Grant proposed by Sharon Burke


Digitized Reading in the 21st Century: Through the purchase of additional iPads, 6th Grade Parker students will have increased access to digital text and beneficial accompanying software. Grant proposed by Donna Martinson

Green Screen Video Studio: The easy-to-use technology of iPads and Apps will allow students to facilitate video production and focus on content. Grant proposed by Christine Steinhauser

Bandroom Dynamic Soundfield System: This sound system will allow the 90+ students to clearly hear the band director during practices. Grant proposed by Cheryl Webster

World Music Drumming: This set of instruments, to be used in African-American slave and new American music units, will increase 7th grade students’ engagement in the general music program. Grant proposed by Anna Wentlent


Art in the Sky, A Transformational Adventure in Perspective:  Through the creation of a giant living painting on a field that can only be understood from above, Killam’s  all-school, three-day residency program will deepen perception and develop a big-picture approach to creative problem solving.   Grant proposed by Amy Hussey

Access for All Elementary Library/Media Collection: This grant will establish a collection at each school to benefit all students including ones with language based learning challenges. Resources, including audio book kits and readers, dyslexia friendly books and low level-high interest books, will be available for in-class and student check-out.  Grant proposed by Krista Erikson

Makerspace Robot Coding Kits:  Each school will procure K-3 and 4-5 robot kits to support hand-on, collaborative creativity in these DIY areas designed for blending Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  Grant proposed by Tracy Thrasher Hybl

Core Value Literature Collection Development:  Each school will establish a collection to support social/emotional/mental health and diversity.  Grant proposed by Lisa Norcross

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