These grants are a follow up to the flexible seating options that the BEF funded for Maryland Elementary last school year. The funding provides Cassingham and Montrose Elementary Schools with seating options which benefit all students including those with focus issues by creating a less rigid classroom environment. Teachers have created systems that rotate the seating options among all students. Grant funding of $10,289 awarded to Cassingham Elementary and $17,544 awarded to Montrose Elementary.
Grant will support new play structures, swings, slides and quiet areas to support the social, emotional and physical benefits of outdoor play for Cassingham students, similar to the grant funding for Maryland and Montrose playgrounds.
Grant funding will purchase computer equipment that will allow students to record music and vocal tracks together. The recordings will take place primarily in the practice rooms in the Cassingham Complex Arts Complex thereby freeing up the computer labs. The equipment can be used by music educators in other buildings.
Grant funding will support the implementation of The First Tee, an educational program that builds character, reinforces values and promotes healthy choices through the game of golf. This program will be available to all elementary schools.
Grant will support flexible seating options in middle school Spanish and French classrooms and support the 6th grade move.
Grant will support BHS English Teacher, Rachel Lilly to purchase a variety of costumes for students in 9th grade English to engage fully with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Grant will support the purchase of stability balls, Hokki stools, cushioned discs and bouncy bands for each K-5 classroom to allow students to find a comfortable posture and an opportunity to wobble, bounce or shift position while learning, increasing focus and learning while minimizing classroom disruption. After evaluating this initiative, BEF will make funding available to the other elementary schools on a similar scale.
Grant will support the introduction of robotics, design and coding skills to 200 fifth grade students at Maryland Elementary, culminating in a school competition May 12.
Grant will support implementation of a district-wide survey in coordination with the School Climate Committee. The purpose will be to obtain new data on “thrive indicators” as well as risk behaviors of Bexley students in three grade groups, following up on similar surveys done in 2005, 2009 and 2013. The data will be used to develop a district-wide strategic plan to address social and emotional needs of students at each grade level surveyed.