The Youth Philanthropy Program funded this three-day residence for photojournalist Charlotte Parsons, who worked with high school photography and AP Art students and Torch photographers.
Grant supported purchase of new materials for Montrose Lego Club, open to grades K-5. BEF had in past years provided funding to Lego clubs at Cassingham and Maryland Elementary Schools.
This grant from the Youth Philanthropy Program allowed the BHS high altitude balloon team to expand on the prior year’s successful LEO Mission into inner space with a 2014 launch. The grant supported the purchase of data collection equipment.
BEF’s Youth Philanthropy Program (YPP) funded this request from the high school robotics team to support the purchase of pneumatics equipment needed for their entry into the First Robotics competition. The components will also be used in classroom instruction.
The high school yearbook and award-winning student newspaper will benefit from the purchase of new cameras and lenses to capture action sports photos and excellent shots of dimly-lit choir, orchestra, band and threatre productions and lectures.
This grant, awarded to Bexley High School science teacher Tami Golliday, supported a high-altitude balloon launch by Bexley High School students. The goal of the LEO Mission was to successfully launch a research payload-bearing balloon into inner space and at approximately 110,000 feet take a photo of “a lion in space.”
This grant funded the purchase of percussion equipment to support a recent rapid increase in band students in grades 5-12. The equipment to be purchased included a marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, chimes, concert bells, drums, cymbals and assorted mallets and stands. The purchase eliminated the need to transport percussion instruments between elementary schools, accommodated separate band practices at the same time, provided equipment to students with financial needs and established a front ensemble percussion section for the high school marching band.
This grant supported the development of the Molly Davis Memorial Garden, honoring the memory of a beloved and accomplished teacher. The garden, now complete, is located at the northwest corner of the Cassingham complex. The grant was awarded to Cassingham Elementary Principal Jeannine Hetzler, who applied for the funds on behalf of a committee comprised of Cassingham teachers, parents and students. The garden was planned as an extension of Cassingham Elementary; not only as an outdoor classroom but as a space where staff and students can read and be inspired to write and create and where the community is welcome. Grant funding from the BEF supported the construction of the garden’s hard structures, including a low sitting wall, a brick walkway and entrance areas.
This grant supported four days of training for Bexley elementary teachers in Writing Workshop during the summer of 2013. The training, provided by Columbia Teacher’s College, equipped teachers to implement a writing workshop environment in their classrooms. A writing workshop approach aims to put in place structures that will help students to meet the new Common Core Standards for English and Language Arts.
While elementary students have traditionally focused on narrative writing, the new standards call for students to write opinion, informational and narrative pieces with equal proficiency. The “writing workshop” classroom includes study of various genres; promotes independence; supports inquiry and collaboration; encourages independence, volume and craft in writing; and uses performance assessments to chart progress. The grant was awarded to Montrose Principal Quint Gage and Reading Specialist Sue Umpleby, and engaged elementary teachers from across the District.