During the Calvert County Board of Education meeting on Thursday, October 11, nine teachers received grant awards from the Calvert County School Foundation. The Calvert County School Foundation provides a source of supplemental funding for Calvert County Public School through donations and community involvement. The initial start-up donation was made by the Community Bank of the Chesapeake. All resources are allocated for innovative educational programs fostering creative approaches to teaching and learning.
In her remarks, Bonnie Barrett, Chair of the Calvert County School Foundation stated, “All the proposals submitted were quality projects, making it a difficult decision for the foundation.” She encouraged the teachers whose projects were not selected to apply again. Nineteen proposals were submitted and, after review by the Foundation, eight were selected to be funded. These projects will impact sixteen schools in Calvert County.
Grant applications were sent out in June and were due back in August. The programs and projects submitted were not in the budget of Calvert County Schools. The Calvert County School Foundation provided a swift turn around with the grants which will allow the projects to begin in this school year.
The grant recipients and their projects were:
- Deanna Coughlin, Windy Hill Elementary School
“We are on our Way, Using tools like Mathematicians and Scientists”
This project will use dry-erase tables in combination with research-based strategies to enhance student access to curriculum and skills need to be college and career ready.
- Chelsea Gallihugh, Mill Creek Middle School
“What Can an 8th Grader do at American Chestnut Land Trust?”
The grant provides students an opportunity to engage in activities related to protecting biodiversity, identifying sources of pollution and demonstrating real jobs in the conservation field.
- Rebecca Gladfelter, Beach Elementary and Calvert Middle School
“SIOP Sensational Strategies – for Beach Elementary and Calvert Middle School”
17 Sensational SIOP Strategies are interactive, engaging, student-centered strategies that engage students through listening, speaking, reading writing, collaboration and movement.
- Amy Hamilton, Northern, Plum Point and Windy Hill Middle Schools
“Solving Algebraic Equations for All”
Student outcomes will include solving algebraic equation correctly, increased self-esteem in solving equations, which leads to higher test scores and increased ability to solve more complex equations in future math courses.
- Sandra Hickin, Dowell Elementary School
This project will provide all students the opportunity to show their thinking in all subject areas using dry-erase group tables. This will inspire students to work collaboratively and to be more engaged in projects and their overall outcome.
- Robert James, Huntingtown High School and Devin Page, Northern Middle School.
“The Creation of a Modern Learning Focused Inclusive Classroom”
This project strives to empower all students to reach their full potential by working creatively, thinking critically, engaging with civic leaders and becoming more resourceful, life-long learners.
- Kimberly Repass, School Social Worker, impacts students at Patuxent Appeal Campus, Barstow Elementary, Southern Middle, Mill Creek Middle and Patuxent High School.
Project will teach parenting skills that address challenging behaviors such as redirection, active listening, nondirective play, fostering social skills, communication with school and setting limits and consequences. Parenting Wisely will increase parental involvement, improve parent-student communication, increase family cohesion and decrease family conflict.
- Megan Tiralla, Huntingtown Elementary School
“Improving Learning in the Classroom by Supporting Students Sensory Needs”
Grant funds will be used to construct and equip a sensory room to increase time on task within the classroom setting. This room will provide a safe, controlled environment under the education and direction of the school’s occupational therapist for students with sensory needs.
The Foundation plans to start the grant process earlier next year and will provide a grant writing class. They are listening to the teachers to make the process smoother.
The Calvert County School Foundation board members include: Bonnie Barrett, Community Bank of the Chesapeake; Dr. Vicky Karo, Calvert County Public Schoolsl; Barbara McKimmie, President of the Calvert Retired School Personnel Association; Donna Ostenso, President of the Calvert Education Association; Guffrie Smith, President of the Calvert Collaborative for Children & Youth; and Mark Wannamaker, General Manager of Bayside Toyota.
The Calvert County School Foundation operates under the umbrella of the Calvert Community Foundation, which is in partnership with Chesapeake Charities. The Calvert Community Foundation (CCF) is a non-profit resource that provides community groups a simple, accountable method to fulfill their philanthropic missions. Chesapeake Charities is a 501(c)(3) community foundation based in Queen Anne’s County that serves the Chesapeake Bay region
The Calvert County School Foundation receives no taxpayer money. All monies are through donations made by local businesses, community organizations and citizens. Barrett said “the programs and projects the teachers have submitted were well thought out and will make a big impact on the children in our schools.” She would like more businesses to become involved. To donate to the Calvert School Foundation visit: https://chesapeakecharities.org/fund/calvert-county-school-foundation/
Joyce Stinnett Baki / Calvert Beacon Reporter