2016-17 Grants Awarded

Worthington Educational Foundation Grant Awards:  Spring 2017

The Worthington Educational Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded a total of $12,7777 in grant funds for the following projects:

Field Trip, Movement Lab $1000 – Submitted by Elizabeth Mills and Krista Siebert, Structured Communication Learning Center, Slate Hill Elementary School
Funds will support a field trip to the Movement Lab five times during the 2017-2018 academic year for six students in grades Kindergarten through Grade 3 in the Structured Communication Learning Center.  This provides an outlet for optimizing behavior, focus and attention for learning along with a therapeutic approach to reaching IEP goals.   (Partial Funding)

Math Reads $767 – Submitted by David Signet, 5th Grade Teacher, Slate Hill Elementary School
Funds will purchase the Grade 5 Math Reads program which provides support to classroom teacher by integrating children’s literature into math instruction.  Connection to standards of mathematical practice and common core standards is provided.  Books and corresponding lessons will be utilized at the beginning and end of each unit to engage students and stimulate their imaginations.  This will be utilized with seventy fifth grade students and will be introduced to every Math teacher in the building.

Responsive Classroom To Meet the Whole Child’s Needs (Training) $2187 – Submitted by Catie Fisher, Lindsey Danhoff, Angela Evans, Teachers at Evening Street Elementary; Sara Dale and Sarah Tsung, Teachers at Liberty Elementary;  Julie Payne, Instructional Coach (Partial Funding)
Grant allows two teachers to attend the Responsive Classroom Course in July and one to attend the Advanced course.  Professional development will be offered at the building and district level by the attendees.  The philosophy ensures the teaching and learning environments respond to the needs of the students both academically and in a social-emotional format. In this model, teachers are responsive to the needs of students not reactive.

Make Me More Interesting: Yes, I Can Play the Ukulele! $975 – Submitted by Joy Nieto and Jacob Reed, General Music, Worthingway Middle School    (Partial Funding)
Funds support the purchase of thirteen ukuleles to be utilized in the general music class.  This hands-on learning opportunity allows students to practice rhythm, melodic patterns, improvisation and compose/arrange music in the treble clef.  Currently, students learn the basics of a drum and piano keyboard.  This will be their only exposure to a stringed instrument.  The Music budget will be used to purchase music and composition books.  Instruments will be used with at least forty students.

Transition Work Experiences – Expanded $2806 – Submitted by Kelly Marshall and Jill Zingery, Training Specialist and Job Training Consultant, TWKS and WKHS (Partial)
This grant expands on items purchased through a WEF grant awarded in Fall 2016.  CVS will donate shelving, signage, training materials and products to create a mock store to be housed at Worthington Academy.  The project will be used to enhance student work experiences while participating in transition courses deigned to prepare students with disabilities for supported or competitive employment during or after high school.   The project will ensure students have meaningful and realistic transition work experiences.

The Poets Song $500 – Submitted by Jacob Reed, Music Educator and Tricia Merenda, ELA Coordinator, TWHS
This is an interdisciplinary collaboration between students, a poet and teacher/composer.  The poet will visit Creative Writing classes to engage students in a poetry analysis.  The Composer will compose new music for three poems which will be premiered by a guest Soprano at a concert open to the public.  Students will broaden their understanding of the creative process and enhance or extend their communicaiton and public expression skills.  The MAC is providing funds for the performance and other commission fees.

Sensory Items for Special Needs $3582 – Submitted by Anna Baehr, WKHS
Grant will provide sensory supplies to sixteen individuals with severe special needs in order to determine which way sensory integrated learning positively affects student behaviors in the clssroom.  Students involved display severe problem behavior including self-injury, harmful behaviors to others, hand flapping, rocking, screaming, etc.  The goal is to provide sensory activities to help students remain calm behavior with more lasting results.

Self-Regulation Supports $960 – Submitted by Kris Brainard, Brian Brunswick, Allison Kraft, Kelly Marshall at TWHS, WKHS and Kilbourne Middle (Partial)
Grant will support the purchase of books and classroom resources for the Behavior Learning Centers across the high schools and at one middle school to assist with instruction in social emotional skills.  Curriculum enhancements will have components of prioritizing and goal setting, social skills, emotion regulation, and self management skills.  Long term impact is to prepare students for success after high school.

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Worthington Educational Foundation Grant Awards:  Fall 2016

The Worthington Educational Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded a total of $35,755 in grant funds for the following projects:

  1. The Walking Classroom $3750 – Submitted by Arin Kress, Worthington Estates Elementary School
    This project aims to increase student comprehension and focus by allowing students the opportunity to walk while learning an academic lesson via podcast.  Lessons are geared toward literacy, science, health and social studies and meet the Common Core standards.  The lessons last about 15 minutes each and students participate in a discussion after each lesson.  The primary target is a 4th grade class with sixty students.
  1. Portable Suspended Swing System for Students with Sensory Needs $2644 – Submitted by Krista Seibert and Carrie Wooten, Structured Communication Learning Center, Slate Hill Elementary School
    Funds will used to purchase a portable suspended swing system that can be quickly setup and taken down in the classroom for students in grades kindergarten through grade three, many of which came from Sutter Park Preschool where swings were located in the classroom.  Being able to continue this sensory opportunity for the students on the autism spectrum helps optimize behavior, focus and attention for learning.
  1. Kinesthetic Classroom Desks $3450 – Submitted by Emily Lazar, Occupational Therapist and Melanie Ness, Behavior Learning Center Teacher, Granby Elementary School
    Students who thrive on experiencing, touching, and moving within their environment are considered kinesthetic learners and learn best when they are completely engaged in the learning process.  By providing students the opportunity to move while learning allows student to be immersed in the educational process throughout the day.  Funds will purchase three individual desks that are all different.
  2. Flexible Movement Seating $1918 – Submitted by Traci Funk, Megan Guyer and Tracy Ruffing, 3rd Grade Teachers, Granby Elementary        
    Grant allows students to explore flexible seating with movement within all three classrooms for a total of 72 students.  Options include Zuma rocking chairs (calm rocking motion), balance balls (build core strength), wobble cushions and bouncy bands (light bouncing).  Students are provided the choice for their seating and will investigate which choices help them learn best.  The pilot in one grade will hopefully expand to the entire school.  
  1. Flex Your Space $7349 – Submitted by Arin Kress, 4th grade teacher, and Tori McCloud, 1st grade teacher, Worthington Estates
    Funds will create student-centered flexible seating classrooms that offer alternative learning styles to increase student engagement, participation and learning.  This will expand on their current flexible seating and alternative learning options.  The products will be offered to teachers throughout the entire school via a lending library.  The school’s PTA and 3D Innovations have provided an additional $1514 for the project.  Four seating options, an adjustable table, four types of sensory/attention materials and four floor items will be purchased.
  1. Classroom Sensory Supports to Optimize Learning $1044 – Submitted by Erin Engstrom and Julie Griffith, School Psychologists, Wilson Hill Elementary School
    Children have difficulty regulating environmental stimuli due to sensory system deficits.  Sensory kits will be provided to each classroom in the elementary school to address students’ sensory needs.  Students will utilize the items to help them maintain focus and optimize learning.  This has the potential to benefit 502 students. 
  1. We All Scream for Water Streams $500 – Submitted by James Canterbury, Mary Spencer, Kevin Swabb and Joy Nieto, Science Team, Worthingway Middle
    Water streams help with a conceptual understanding of how rivers behave, including water-induced and topsoil erosion.  Eight Hubbard Scientific Stream Table kits will be purchased.  The school’s Science budget will be utilized to purchase sand, clay, topsoil and other materials to support inquiry into the behavior of water.  The hands-on learning will take place in small lab groups.
  1. Kirwan Institute Implicit Bias Training  $375 – Submitted by Natalie Fei, Worthingway Middle School
    Worthingway Middle School has a diverse student population with more than forty percent of students identifying as part of one or more minority group.  There can be challenges in working effectively with a more diverse student population due to our implicit biases, or our unconscious reactions and judgements of different people.  The Kirwan Institute at The Ohio State University is the leading research agency on how our unconscious biases shape our beliefs, attitudes and behavior.  Through their training, the Kirwan Institute teaches how our minds operate, how these biases effect us in the real world, and how we can guard ourselves against our own biases.  This is a one-time, ninety-minute training that will be presented to the entire staff on May 2, 2017.
  1. Transition Work Experiences $2780 – Submitted by Kelly Marshall and Jill Zingery, Secondary Transition Specialists, Worthington Schools   
    The project will enhance student work experiences while participating in transition courses at TWHS and WKHS.  Transition courses are designed to prepare students with disabilities for supported or competitive employment after high school graduation.  Students participate in unpaid internships at school-based or community-based worksites where they learn real life job skills.  Mock employability supplies will be purchased for classroom use to make connections to the workplace.
  1. Parent Education $3050 – Submitted by Cathy Eggleston of McCord Middle School on behalf of all School Counselors  
    The Worthington School Counselors K-12 will bring relevant and informative presentation to our parents and community in an effort to help them feel supported and connected to our schools.  The Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio will present to parents, teachers and school counselors districtwide via a series of three topics over the next eighteen months to include the importance of letting children struggle, relationship skills and anxiety/helping children cope with stress.  Two presentations on each of the three topics will be presented, one for teachers and school counselors and the other for parents, for a total of six presentations.
  1. Lets Get Moving!  $8905 – Submitted by Beth Mills, District Adapted Physical Education Teacher
    Six different adapted bikes/tricycles and one racing wheelchair will be purchased.  Research shows that provide students with special needs with therapeutic bike riding leads to better balance, coordination, motor coordination and emotional well-being.  All students deserve to have an opportunity for movement activities, a sense of freedom and a change to play with their peers.

         TOTAL GRANT RECOMMENDATIONS                                                                                                        $35765

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Previous Grant Awards

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