Janesville teachers receive mini-grants
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JANESVILLE The Janesville Excellence in Education Foundation has made its second rounds of 2012 grant awards.
The Janesville School District will receive more than $5,300 for 14 projects at 10 of its schools.
The new round of awards follows about $6,200 in awards in February.
The school district established the privately funded foundation to pay for innovative classroom improvements or projects that some students otherwise might not be exposed to.
Following are the schools that were awarded the grants and the things the grants will pay for:
-- Adams Elementary School—Stability balls for kindergarten. Kindergarten teacher Tina Inman applied for the grant.
-- Craig High School—AP drawing students will participate in The Memory Project. The students will recreate portraits of children who have been neglected, orphaned or are disadvantaged. Art teacher Maria Kane applied for the grant.
-- Craig High School—Advanced Placement U.S. History Review Books. AP History teacher Ryan Masterson applied for the grant.
-- Harrison Elementary School—Two classroom memberships for the website IXL. The website helps students enhance their math skills. Third-grade teacher Lauren Smith applied for the grant.
-- Jackson Elementary School—Dictionaries for the library. Innovation specialist Karen Forst applied for the grant.
-- Jackson Elementary School—A therapeutic swing. Special education teacher Rita Milbrandt applied for the grant.
-- Kennedy Elementary School—Sensory modulation equipment for students with disabilities. Occupational therapist Jeanne Appleton applied for the grant.
-- Lincoln Elementary School—A website subscription to stimulate reading skills in Title 1 students. Title 1 teacher Catherine Fowler applied for the grant.
-- Monroe Elementary School—Materials to restart the See the Art program. Art teacher Maryanne Messier applied for the grant.
-- Parker High School—Scientific calculators for use by disadvantaged students. Science teacher Deb Hilger applied for the grant.
-- Parker High School—Lego Mindstorms software for use in programming robots. Technology-engineering teacher Thomas Heiss applied for the grant.
-- Parker High School—Composting materials for a school-wide composting project facilitated by agriculture students and FFA members. Ag teacher Stacy Skemp applied for the grant.
-- Roosevelt Elementary School—Sensory equipment for use with students with special needs in the Early Childhood program. Occupational therapist Jayne Schauer applied for the grant.
-- Van Buren Elementary School—Graphic novels for use by deaf and hard of hearing students. Nancy Brunner, teacher of deaf and hard of hearing, applied for the grant.
The 14 awards for fall 2012 were selected from a field of 44 applications representing 14 Janesville schools and the school district main office.
The selection committee included representatives of the Janesville Excellence in Education Foundation's board of directors and representatives from the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin. The board members of the Janesville Excellence in Education Foundation are Camilla Owen, chair; Sandra Ardrey; Tim Cullen; Renee Dooman; Renae Henry; Dori MacFarlane; Susan Sellman; Elizabeth Siegert; Todd Sitter; and Superintendent Karen Schulte, ex-officio.
The awards will be made from the Janesville Excellence in Education Special Projects Fund and from the Janesville EIE Alumni Fund. Both funds are components of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
The Janesville Excellence in Education Fund is one of 11 Excellence in Education funds held by the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin.