Maryville City Schools Foundation awards $119,586 in grants

The Maryville City Schools Foundation awarded 31 grants totaling $119,586 to Maryville City Schools during the 2010-2011 school year.

“Every school in our system received grant funding.” said Barbara Jenkins, MCSF executive director. “MCSF has four grant levels of funding: Teacher Grants, Team Grants, School Grants and System-Wide Grants.”

The foundation awarded 13 Teacher Grants with at least one teacher in every school receiving a grant. These grants, ranging from $100 to $1,161, were awarded for programs or projects within a classroom to enhance student learning in specific subjects.

Twelve team grants were awarded totaling more than $24,000 with all seven schools receiving grants in this category. A team grant is written by a teaching team or grade level to provide value-added resources for the classroom or further enhancing the technology within classrooms.

One of these grants requested an iPad and software to pilot the device with 12 autistic students. Results on the effectiveness have been shared with other educators of special-needs students in the school system. The pilot was successful in teaching writing skills to students who, prior to learning how to use the iPad, could not hold a writing instrument.

Instruction began with touch writing on the iPad and transitioned to marker and paper tasks within three weeks. Other important milestones were reached throughout the pilot.

Seven school grants were also awarded, ranging from $399 for a one-year subscription to Tumblebooks for the John Sevier Elementary Library to $9,907 in support of Maryville Intermediate School’s Environmental Camp at Wesley Woods.

The foundation also funded a system-wide grant to pay registration costs for 32 Maryville City School teachers to attend the 2011 Model Schools Conference in Nashville on June 26-29. The conference will enable teachers to learn the nation’s best practices for improving student achievement and creating growth. Relevant data, current research, efficient and effective models and practical solutions for rigor, relevance, and relationships for all students will be shared.

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