Cocalico Education Foundation announces grant recipients

By on March 21, 2012

The Trustees of the Cocalico Education Foundation recently announced the grant recipients for the 2011-2012 school year. Nearly $24,400 was received from donations made by area businesses as part of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC).

The following businesses donated funds for programs aimed at producing more engaged youth through cultural experiences, the arts, and literacy activities: Ephrata National Bank, Fulton Bank, M.A. Brightbill Body Works Inc., Roseboro Stradling Funeral and Cremation Services Inc. and Waste Management.

Eight grants of $1,000 or more and seven grants of less than $1,000 were awarded for this school year. The grant titles, grant amount, recipients and brief objectives of the programs/activities are as follows:

? Author Visit – Herman Parish ($2,905); Beth Haldeman, principal, and Tracy Sims, first grade teacher at Reamstown Elementary School; introduce students to the writing and editing process by renowned author of Amelia Bedelia books.

? Environmental Garden Project ($600); Debra Raudenbush, English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Reamstown Elementary School; provide students the opportunity to create and maintain two natural garden areas and to study the characteristics and changes that a garden habitat undergoes throughout all of the seasons of the year.

? Exploring/Investigating Fairy Tales of Different Variations ($1,140); Heather Myer, second grade teacher at Denver Elementary School; expose students to a theater performance of a French variation of Beauty and the Beast while comparing the story line to a similar story in text.

? Historical Novel-Based Literature Unit ($350.00); Denver Elementary School fifth grade teachers Georgette Hackman and Rebecca Culbert; expose students to the exceptional writing of award-winning author, Lois Lowry, while reading the novel Number the Stars.

? Interactive World Language – Making Language Come Alive ($2,000); Cocalico Middle School (CMS) teachers Scott Pasternacki and Jessica Madrigal; purchase two interactive white boards to enhance classroom instruction and incorporate new games and online resources.

? iPad for the Classroom ($449); Cocalico High School (CHS) technology education department; use new technology for students and teachers to stay on the cutting edge of information presentation.

? iPads in the Classroom ($4,019); CMS core curriculum teachers; use technology for the purpose of enhancing learning opportunities and student achievement.

? Literary Analysis – Social and Global Perspectives ($1,000); Beth Sahd, CHS librarian, and Nancy Lewis, CHS teacher; provide students with contemporary literary criticism of standard American and British literature through easy access to collections in print and electronic form and update the high school library literature collection.

? Music Tutorials and Music Creation ($1,500 maximum); Howard Boots, elementary instrumental music teacher, and Lisa Helock, Reamstown Elementary School music teacher; provide access to iPads during free time to write songs and/or practice band/chorus pieces to improve their musical performances.

? Reading Eggs ($1,199); Adamstown Elementary School reading specialist, Emily Jacobs, and ESL teacher, Denise Young; utilize a comprehensive online literacy program to build on and reinforce the five key reading elements.

? Thematic Reading Sets ($3,050); second and fifth grade teachers at Adamstown Elementary School; allow students to explore a common topic while reading at independent reading levels.

? Using Technology in the World Language Classroom ($950); Laura Rettew, CHS Spanish teacher; purchase a projector to be used for showing videos of native Spanish speakers in real-life situations and to integrate technology in various aspects of the curriculum.

? Van Go! Museum on Wheels (varies from $700-$810); elementary art teachers: Heather Gowdy, Alisa Leidich and Faith Mumma; experience firsthand what artists today are doing to make the world a better place.

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