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HCS teachers win mini grants from the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)
Hampton City Schools is excited to announce that nine teachers were awarded mini grants from the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). The organization awarded $1,500 to Hampton teachers for a variety of classroom projects.
Below is a list of teachers receiving the grants and how the funds will be used.
Lillie Smith of Andrews PreK-8 School received a grant for $240. The title of her project is "Grab-and-Go" Literacy. She purchased a Foundational Skills Literacy Center. The center has kits/lessons aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) for language arts and writing. Her goal is to build and support foundational skills by providing hands-on activities that support targeted practice in specific skills for her students. Smith implements a kit/lesson into her regular lesson plan based on the skill(s) needed.
Patricia Kelcourse and Christine Helmintoller of Andrews PreK-8 School received a shared grant for $350. Their grant is to purchase a Pre-K writing center. The center is used to focus on creative writing. They plan to dedicate an area of the classroom for this purpose.
Martha Grondin of Asbury Elementary School received $225. She used her funds to purchase coding robots and cases.
Maureen Houser of Barron Elementary School received $200. The title of her project was For the Love of Books. Her grant included small group sets of reading books. She uses these on a daily basis to enhance small group reading time. She chose books that support the curriculum’s content areas and have diverse characters.
Angela Goerger of Bassette Elementary School wrote a grant called Fun with Fluency. She used the resources to have her students create poetry notebooks with poems. It was used to promote fluency and creativity in the centers. She also purchased a fluency weekly reader that was differentiated for her reading groups where students could practice a song or poem on their reading level.
Michelle Tucker of Forrest Elementary School received $200. She, along with her first grade team, used the funds to purchase classroom phonics games that the students can use during their language arts block. These games are a fun way to help first graders to learn or review beginning and ending sounds, short vowel sounds, and word building. The games include magnetic letters, colorful picture cards, and boards. They are ideal for small group settings and one-on-one practice.
Jennifer Holmes of Forrest Elementary School received a grant for $250. She used her funds to purchase new carpet for her classroom. The school was able to provide additional funds for alternative seating (wobble chairs and bounce chairs).
Michele Ferrel of Spratley Gifted Center received $188. She used her donation to purchase classic balance ball chairs. These chairs provide students with a choice of alternative seating in the classroom.
The National Council of Jewish Women is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Grants are funded by contributions from members.
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