Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Education Foundation Awards Grants for Projects

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Education Foundation Awards Grants for Projects

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Once a year, the Clay County Education Foundation distributes mini-grants to teachers who design inventive, creative or otherwise worthy classroom enrichment projects.

The latest round of mini-grants, totalling almost $9,200, funded 18 projects at 11 schools, culled from 26 proposals by a foundation committee.

"The grants were professionally written and the decisions were hard ones," said William Simmons, provost of the Orange Park campus of St. Johns River Community College and chairman of the foundation's Classroom Enrichment Mini-Grant Committee. He announced the recipients at a Clay County School Board meeting last week.

Here is a list of the grants:

--$998 -- Lakeside Elementary, Lucille Halifko -- to purchase supplementary reading materials for kindergartners.

--$993 -- Orange Park Elementary, kindergarten teachers Elizabeth Balsay, Denise Jolley and Amanda Phillips -- to purchase sets of books to help students learn, apply and practice effective reading strategies.

--$750 -- Middleburg High, Mike Pilliod and Sharon Rodatz -- to purchase a site license for an online biology lab that allows multiple users to access a series of 12 interactive experiments in such things as genetics, natural selection and photosynthesis.

--$700 -- Clay Hill Elementary, Jennifer Owens and Janet Shaw -- for a fourth-grade literature project that includes student selection, understanding of literary devices and discussion of literature through critique.

--$584 -- Fleming Island Elementary, Tammy Hamel -- for a Discovery Zone Center for kindergartners to encourage problem-solving and the development of broad scientific concepts.

--$550 -- Middleburg High, Marty Mayer, and Orange Park High, Nancy Watters -- for students at the two schools to cooperatively research and develop multi-media humanities lessons and produce them on a CD for use by Clay sixth-graders.

--$500 -- Clay High, Sherman O'Brien -- to continue the robotics competition project begun last year that gives students a hands-on look at engineering and other technical careers.

--$500 -- Clay Hill Elementary, Evelyn Chastain -- for a project that will integrate writing, history and technology as students research the Clay Hill community. …

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