Grants

2019 – Eagle Enterprises – $15,000

Eagle Enterprises will create student-run businesses in each of the Career & Technical Education Departments. The purpose of Eagle Enterprises is to provide real work experiences while filling the skills gap in our community. This is the CTE’s version of personalized learning and pushing the advanced students to help them be job ready upon graduating high school.

2018 – Collaborative Learning Initiative – $10,200

According to the National Middle School Association, the Middle School “House” concept is one that supports the transition from the self-contained classrooms of elementary schools to largely collaborative, yet independent high schools. An exemplary middle school is one that provides an environment rich in opportunities for collaboration and social interaction, and House hallways are an obvious space for these opportunities. This grant will allow the purchase of furnishings for collaborative workspaces that will be utilized by all students in grades 5-8 at the Middle School.

2018 – Dramatic Play Stage and Equipment – $3,000

Dramatic play promotes imagination, self-regulation, conflict resolution, and confidence in our youngest learners. Research has shown that dramatic play is important to social development and for the development of linguistic and literary abilities. This grant provides for, and encourages, unstructured play sessions for students during morning clubs and school hours as well as a classroom tool to enhance the students’ understanding of literature. This grant impacts each of the over 200 students who attend Washington Learning Center every year.

2017 – Solar Panels for the Greenhouse – $15,000

The addition of solar panels to the High School’s greenhouse will provide students the opportunity to apply skills and principles related to the production and transmission of clean energy. Utilizing STEM
(Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) concepts in the classroom increases student enthusiasm and participation, teamwork/collaboration, and creativity while helping students understand how and when they will use these newly developed math and technology skills.
“I enjoyed the greenhouse this year because I never knew much about agriculture, and being able to build and produce food was amazing to me. It was a great learning experience and I’m glad I was involved with the greenhouse.” – Abbey Frauenholtz

2017 – Student Inventors: Using littleBits™ for Big Learning – $5,750

These small magnetic pieces of technology not only teach students about circuits and electricity, but also can be used to augment lessons in math, science, music, computer coding, etc. The kits provide real-life applications for concepts, which is important for those of varying learning styles. Inventing teaches students to use critical-thinking skills to find appropriate and workable solutions. It increases students’ ability to observe, analyze, and identify problems. Inventing requires students to recall previous knowledge, to process new information, and it promotes collaboration and communication. Approximately 660 students in grades 1-4 will benefit from littleBits™.

2016 – Innovative Outdoor Learning Environment – $12,500

The use of play as an instructional tool allows students to learn how to problem solve, share, socialize, and use their creative voices. This grant provides those opportunities for play, and includespollinator and vegetable gardens, water play, and building and music areas. Students are able to explore, investigate, and approach tasks and experiences with flexibility and imagination. The school anticipates higher levels of growth in the areas of social problem solving, large and fine motor skills, close observation, understanding quantities, estimation, and cause and effect. This grant impacts each of the over 200 students who attendWashington Learning Center each year.

2015 – Destination Imagination Science Curriculum – $15,000

Destination Imagination (DI) is a standards-based international science competition in which students work in teams to solve one of the seven yearly Challenges. Each Challenge is open-ended and enables students to learn and experience the creative process while fostering their creativity, curiosity and courage. Using STEAM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Arts/Math), public speaking, and teamwork, students are able to come together to solve the unique challenges before them. Over 400 students in grades 5-8 have been impacted so far.
“Everything we’ve given up in teaching in the last 20 years has come back through this: the collaboration, and the working together, the challenges.” – Tammy Yackley, 5th/6thMath Grade Teacher, DI Coordinator

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