Grants Awarded in 2014-2015


The Worthington Educational Foundation is pleased to announce that is has awarded a total of $10,454.52 in grants to the following teachers and staff members.

1. Switch Toys for Students with Special Needs

Submitted by Occupational Therapists Kelly Kish and Kelly Gruen of the Worthington Education Center (WEC)

Funds will purchase switch toys and switch toy adapters so that students with special needs are able to more actively participate in the curriculum with their peers.  The switches will be used by the district occupational therapists to help students with severe physical and/or developmental disabilities interact with their environment.  These toys/devices are not typically found in Worthington classrooms, and will aid students, particularly those who have limited expressive language, across school settings.

2. Gelli Printing Plates for Slate Hill, Worthington Park, and Worthington Estates

Submitted by Visual Arts Teachers Jhan Yoder-Wyse of Slate Hill, Stephanie Richardson of Worthington Park, and Bethany Forgione of Worthington Estates

Funds will purchase a class set of (28) 8×10 inch Gelli Plates and (28) 6×6 inch Gelli Plates, baking sheets and acrylic sheets which will provide a supportive work surface for printing and a protective surface for storage.  Two storage bins and a book on printing techniques will also be purchased with this grant.  This project will introduce elementary art students to a gelatin type printmaking process that is not currently offered in Worthington.  The project will extend the printmaking experience to include paper and fabric which can stand as their own works of art or as material for bookbinding, collage, textile pieces and more.  The art teachers will collaborate and provide students the opportunity to exhibit their work in all three buildings using the Gelli Printing Plates.

3. Biomedical Engineering Kits

Submitted by Sara Quart of Thomas Worthington High School

Funds will purchase 5 kits that will be used with the Women in Engineering program at TWHS.  The kits are designed to present dilemmas and allow the students to devise methods on resolving these dilemmas:  “Boning Up on Bones” builds models of bones with various strengths; “Keep It Moving” explores various methods to open up blocked arteries; “Prosthetic Hand” allows students to design a working prosthetic hand; “Gut Reaction” investigates how medicine is delivered after it is swallowed; and “Protect Your Noggin” challenges students to design packaging to protect their egg (head).  The group works with women in engineering from Abbott Labs and Danis Corp.

4. Thomas Worthington Television Network (TWTN) Broadcasting Group

Submitted by Jake Guthrie of Thomas Worthington High School

Funds will purchase equipment for a student-led TWTN Club for live streaming of school events.  The project will give students the opportunity to work with media technology and gain experience in the field of communications, while promoting school and community spirit by offering school and community members to view events from home.  Athletic events, concerts, awards ceremonies, and graduation are included in the scope of this project.  TWTN will use a web-based streaming tool called High School Cube for production, and will offer students opportunities to be involved in broadcasting, script-writing, camera operations, and production.  TWTN will also produce weekly announcements highlighting positive, relevant school news and activities.  Potential to lead to broader community/district collaboration.

5. Digital Danger – If You Think Your Kid is Safe Online, Think Again

Submitted by Principals Angie Adrean of WKHS, Adham Schirg of McCord Middle School, and Patti Schlaegel of Granby Elementary School

Funds will support a partnership with Dr. Tim Conrad and Officer Don Stanko, authors of “Digital Danger – If You Think Your Kid is Safe Online, Think Again.”  The project will include professional development, consultation with Dr. Conrad and Officer Stanko, a parent/community book club, technology, student mentorship and educational programs designed to assist students at Granby, McCord and Worthington Kilbourne with the evolving social media environment. The WEF would consider this a pilot program, which, if successful, would be funded by other means in future years.

6. iPads and Apps for Autism

Submitted by Allison Kestner, Natalie Mumpower, Tori Lowman, and Amber Ryan of the SCLC at Bluffsview Elementary School

Funds will go toward the purchase of iPads and Apps for the Structured Communication Learning Center at Bluffsview.  The goal of the project is to support the implementation of needed technology and apps within the SCLC to help facilitate language development, social skills development, fine motor skills and academic content as it aligns to the content standards.

6. Liberty Sensory Tools

Submitted by Kelly Kish and Sarah Carney of Liberty Elementary School

Funds will purchase a variety of sensory tools to be used by the students in general education and special education settings.  The tools will be made available to students on a ‘check-out’ system so that the equipment can be tracked for usage.  By experiencing a variety of types of sensory input, students can gain awareness of what their bodies need to learn.  Students can then learn to self-advocate meeting their sensory needs to better focus on the lessons presented by the teacher.

Total for Fall 2014: $10,454.52