EEE Awards $38,000 in Grants

At the March 20 Board of Education meeting, representatives from the Elwood Education Endowment awarded close to $38,000 in grant funding to teachers throughout the district. The EEE’s sole mission is to provide educational opportunities to Elwood students in grades K-12 that are not funded through the district’s annual operating budget.

The grants were awarded to 15 teachers throughout the district, who each applied for funding earlier in the school year. The EEE evaluates applications based on a variety of factors, including how the proposed project enhances and enriches educational opportunities for Elwood students.

According to Kathleen Koster, president of the EEE, “This year’s grants share the common elements of innovation, technology and the demands brought on by the implementation of the Common Core standards. Thank you to these educators who work so diligently for our children.”

The teachers who received grants are:

Elwood-John H. Glenn High School
Gillian Candelaria, “Clicking to Higher Student Achievement”
Karen Gellert, “Orchestra Tango Project”
Vickie Henson, “Integrating Technology with the Music Curriculum at JGHS”

Elwood Middle School
Michael Ferreira and Matthew McGuire, “STEM Education Through Robotics”
Donna Fife and Lisa Gorman, “Listen and Learn”
Eleanor Grady and Amy Lindenbaum, “Drawing – Back to Basics”

James H. Boyd Intermediate School
Liz Held, “I Think iPad…I Think iPad”

Harley Avenue Primary School
Kelly DiBiase, Claudia Lasurdo and Katie Parker, “Mobile Literacy e-Library”
Melissa Sheahan, “Kindle Fires in the Classroom”

Harley Avenue, James H. Boyd and Elwood Middle School
Kathleen Marinelli, “Taking Technology on the Road”

Through the grant projects listed above, a variety of new initiatives will be launched within the district’s schools. These include using iPads to enhance speech language services for students in grades K-8, adding Kindle Fires and eBooks to Harley Avenue Primary School’s library to further enhance the school’s literacy program, and introducing a new program to the seventh-grade technology curriculum that will provide all necessary materials for students to build and program robots.

The EEE raises funds throughout the school year to provide grant opportunities for teachers. These fundraising initiatives include a 5K walk/run in the fall and the Evening for Education, which will be held next Friday, March 28.

“On behalf of the district and Board of Education, I extend my thanks to the Elwood Education Endowment for its continued commitment to district teachers and students,” said Superintendent of Schools Peter Scordo. “You truly have made a difference in the lives of our students.”