The Southern Columbia Community Foundation helped celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day 2018 by awarding  $9,077.25 in grants to teacher applicants who submitted proposals in the inaugural year of the Teacher Grant Program. Many thanks are extended to the Foundation and the donors who contributed to this instruction-enhancing, initiative!
Teacher Grant Recipients
Fourth Grade Teachers submitted a proposal for Storyworks Magazine by Scholastic. The monthly magazine offers enriching fiction and non-fiction stories written specifically for elementary-age students. The teachers plan to incorporate the magazine into the 4th Grade ELA curriculum using it to enhance students' understanding of PA Core standards.
The District's Physical Education Teachers submitted a proposal for SabackiBall to be used primarily with Middle School students. The fast-paced, throwing, catching, and passing game teaches teamwork and emphasizes the concept of incorporating everyone on a team to achieve a goal.
Tech Ed Teacher Andy Meyer submitted a proposal for a metal fabrication table. Mr. Meyer's students will design and build a fabrication table which will then be used to construct large-sized, projects. The metal fabrication table project will teach welding skills and provide a tool to create more complex metal pieces.
Sixth Grade Teacher Anthony Pecora was the recipient of a special, District-wide Foundation Grant which will provide three years of funding at $2,199 per year. Mr. Pecora will use the grant to incorporate a weather station into his Science curriculum. In addition to the weather station, he and his students will have access to Earth Networks WeatherSTEM Plus Service which provides a growing library of standards-aligned lessons and activities based on the use of live data collected from weather and agricultural sensors in place throughout the world.
Pictured above from left are the inaugural Teacher Grant recipients: Stacey Hockenbroch and Maria Gratti representing the Fourth Grade Teachers; Amber Trometter and Ted Deljanovan representing the Physical Education Department's Teachers;  Tech Ed Teacher Andy Meyer; and 6th Grade Science Teacher Anthony Pecora. Congratulations!

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