Tyler ISD Foundation hands out grants

Published on Monday, 16 December 2013 21:21 - Written by Staff Reports

A host of educational projects will be completed because of a recent distribution of nearly $20,000 in classroom grants from the Tyler ISD Education Foundation.

“We are proud of these teachers for all of the wonderful new things they are implementing in their classrooms,” Farrell, president of the foundation, said in a news release. “The grants are meant to enrich the learning process of our students and we are honored to help make this happen.”

The foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partners with the school district but is an independent entity. Sources of funding available to the organization are donations and fundraising events.

Other projects include:

- Caldwell Elementary Arts Academy, “My Son Pinocchio,” $5,000

Students will participate in all elements of the musical show including auditions, rehearsals, set production and construction, costumes, performances, technical crew and advertising sales.

- Rice Elementary, “Caught Being Good! Positive Behavior Reinforcement Program,” $1,968

Spirit sticks will be awarded to students for positive behavior during lunch, for being on time in the morning, for reaching an academic milestone or for displaying positive behavior.

- Bonner Elementary, “21st Century Literature Circles,” $600

Students will attend after-school literature circles one day a week, with a facilitator to engage them in discussions and mini-projects to ensure comprehension about the story.

- Bonner Elementary, “Bonner Jammers: Dancing with Pride,” $650

The criteria for being a member of the dance group is based on behavior and a willingness to devote one afternoon per week to practice.

- Bell Elementary Global Communications Academy, “Growing Leaders for Tomorrow … Today,” $997.30

The grant provides field guides for educators who will attend several training sessions.

- Hubbard Middle School, “Building a Better Mousetrap Vehicle,” $2500

Students design vehicles powered by the energy of lever-powered mousetraps.

- Hogg Middle School, “Duct Tape Derby, Lap 2,” $4,000

Students will design a boxcar and apply knowledge of mathematics to construct a boxcar from three items: cardboard, duct tape and dowel rods.

- TARGET Academy, “It’s News to Me,” $2,329

Students will fill the shoes of a real newscaster as they learn to write quality news content, arrange a news set, work a camera and edit and produce a final show.

- Robert E. Lee High School, “Reading in Science,” $1,115

This project is a relevant reading opportunity for students to review/preview material in either biology or chemistry, offer an atmosphere where they can discuss thoughts and ideas from the books.

- Tyler Junior College West Campus, “Popcorn and the Public,” $597

Before selling popcorn, post-graduate special education students will have job training in the classroom in the areas of: hygiene, food handling, money handling, making change and customer service.