Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- The Clay County Education Foundation has approved more than $13,000 worth of grants for a variety of classroom and schoolwide enrichment projects, ranging from the purchase of books and computer software to writing activities.
Twenty-seven grants will be given to teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, school psychologists and media specialists at 13 Clay County schools and will benefit 4,300 students. They were announced at Thursday's meeting of the School Board.
"During this time when the district is facing such drastic cuts in state funding, the foundation is especially pleased to be able to fund every grant proposal that was submitted," said William Simmons, grant committee chairman and provost of the St. Johns River Community College Orange Park campus. "We are able to do so because of the support we received."
That support came in part from a community fund-raiser, the Friends of Education Coupon Cash Saver program, he said.
"The proposals were very well-written and will allow teachers to enhance the curriculum in their classrooms, and increase student performance," Simmons said.
Here is a list, in alphabetical order by school, of the grant amounts, the teachers or school staff who applied for them and a description of the projects:
Charles E. Bennett Elementary
$250 to Rebecca Hancock and Staci Suits -- After-school program to teach social and communication skills to fourth- and fifth-grade girls runs 16 weeks and ends with dinner at a restaurant.
CLAY HILL ELEMENTARY
$500 to Melissa Hendricks, Jered Jerris and Frances Thompson -- Classroom libraries for third-graders to read independently.
$500 to Mary Hopkins -- Quality literature to help sixth-graders develop critical thinking skills.
$500 to Connie Lee, Stacie Upchurch -- Contemporary literature for fifth-graders to develop analytical reading skills.
$500 to Kristie Lee -- Accelerated math software for fourth-graders to practice math skills.
$500 to Christine Lucius -- Additional memory for technology lab computers to accommodate new reading software.
$500 to Helen Maxfield -- High-interest nonfiction books for the media center.
$500 to Traci Porter -- Classroom library for vocational education students.
$500 to Janet Shaw -- Class sets of Junior Great Books literature for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to discuss and practice thinking skills.
$450 to Marsha Kerr -- Non-traditional, multi-sensory activities for sixth-graders to develop math concepts and skills.
FLEMING ISLAND ELEMENTARY
$500 to Lisa Miller -- Fiction and non-fiction texts to help students write descriptive and expository essays and draw conclusions, among other things. …