Bay Village Education Foundation and Bay Village Kiwanis announce annual grants for innovative classroom programs
The Bay Village Education Foundation (BVEF)
awarded nine grants totaling $15,135 for its 2015 classroom grants award
program. In partnership with the BVEF, the Bay Village Kiwanis funded
three additional grants totaling $2,125.
Grant applications were
submitted this fall by Bay Village City School District teachers and
other staff members to enrich classroom education. All four Bay Village
City School District K-12 buildings received grants.
especially pleased that our collaborations with the Bay Village City
School District will result not only in these wonderful classroom
enrichment projects, but in alternative funding for other projects as
well, based on the district’s goals and budget,” said Ellie Bricmont,
BVEF Chair, Grants Committee. “The grants process has truly become a
catalyst for moving the innovative ideas of our educators forward.”
Elementary music teacher Dr. James Kotora received $300 for Normandy
Green Screen Adventures. Dr. Kotora began a weekly video newscast last
school year using students as news anchors. This grant will replace a
makeshift green screen that was used to create a virtual news studio
background and will add some studio lighting to the program.
Elementary music teacher Carrie Engelbrecht was awarded up to $2,500 to
bring back the Mr. Hal Walker, Artist in Residence program that was
funded by the Westerly PTA last year. Musician and songwriter Hal Walker
spent time with Westerly music students over several weeks teaching
elements of songwriting, lyrics and some basic instruments. He will also
work with students who are interested in composing music.
Elementary fourth-grade teacher Mary Jo Mahall received $93 to purchase
Alligator Clips, devices that will let young students easily connect
and disconnect wires as they study electrical circuits with batteries,
light bulbs and primitive power sources in a variety of ways.
Middle School teachers Carol Brajdic, Colin Lackey, Nancy McLaughlin,
and Julia Papcke-Russell were awarded up to $1,000 ($500 of which comes
from the BVEF’s Maynard Bauer Leadership Fund) for Up with People. The
grant takes advantage of Up With People’s national tour as it takes its
week-long program to nearby Chagrin Falls and brings the group into Bay
Middle School for one day. The program supports the district’s core
values of respect, kindness in actions and acceptance of others and will
be done in honor of Anne Marie Young, a recently deceased special
education teacher at Bay Middle School who took her Cultures class to
see the touring group.
Bay High health and physical education
teacher Robert Dougherty and staff members Jodi Higgins and Diana Lee
were awarded $2,566.52 for Vitamix Health Benefits to Bay High School.
Two Vitamix commercial-grade blenders will be purchased to make allow
students in Health class to make nutritious smoothies using recipes
based upon USDA recommended serving sizes for fruits and vegetables used
as ingredients. Smoothies can also be sold during lunch periods to
promote healthy eating choices.
Bay High family and consumer
science teacher Bridgit McFarland received $1,264.49 for Village Project
Cancer Quilts. The grant will purchase materials that will allow
students to use their sewing skills to produce a lap quilt that will be
donated to patients who are going through chemotherapy. The quilts will
be given to the local Village Project, who will then distribute the
quilts to families in need of some comfort.
Bay High technology
education teacher Ron Rutt was awarded $1,950 to purchase a Plotter
(large scale printer) that will print large-scale technical drawings,
architectural plans, and 3-D renderings. Others at the school will also
have access to the printer for printing artwork, posters, etc.
school-level speech therapists Danielle Jeglie, Helen Smith, and Maria
Stansbury were awarded $460 for The Power of Better Communication with
iPads, which will allow students to use iPad apps to help them work on
increasing their communication skills (i.e. articulation, fluency,
voice, receptive/expressive language and social/pragmatic language), and
to provide diagnostic assistance to the therapists.
Director of Curriculum Char Shryock was awarded $5,000 for Climate
Kiosks which will, through the district's partnership with the Lake Erie
Nature and Science Center [LENSC] and Ohio Sea Grant, give students
access to real-world data on the Great Lakes, lake and forest habitat,
and seasonal weather data as well as hands-on opportunities to interact
with the plants, animals and geology of our region. (This was the
second-largest grant ever awarded by the BVEF after the special 50th
anniversary grant of $35,000 for a District Video Production Studio.
This provides 10% local funding that is required to apply for a $50,000
Ohio Environmental Education Grant that the partners will pursue.)
In addition to the nine BVEF grants, the Bay Village Kiwanis awarded three grants:
Elementary Guidance Counselor Megan Basel was awarded $1,100 for
Project Buddy Part 2. As part of the school’s Students of Character Club
service project, two “buddy benches” will be built for the students to
design, paint and have installed on the playground. Students will then
promote the use of the benches to use if they need a friend to play
with, as sitting on the bench signals to others to reach out and
incorporate the seated student into the playground fun. Basel began the
program at Normandy Elementary last year with a grant from BVEF.
Elementary third-grade teacher Martha Fisher was awarded $300 for Back
Pack Math: Linking Math from School to Home. The funds will purchase new
math enrichment materials aligned with the new Ohio math standards
which students can take home through the already established Back Pack
Math and use for practice and family participation.
Technology Coordinator Brian Reynolds and Curriculum Director Char
Shryock were awarded $725 for Sphere SPRK: Student-Parent-Robotics-Kids.
Sphero SPRK is a robotic ball that can be controlled through a variety
of free mobile apps using an iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth. The grant
allows purchase of five Sphero SPRK balls, one for each building, that
will provide a hands-on application for students to use computational
thinking skills through the use of code to identify a problems and
create a solution.
Learn more about the Bay Village Education Foundation at: http://bayedfoundation.org/
Bay Village Education Foundation 2015 grant winners, left-to-right: front row, seated -- Bridgit McFarland, Helen Smith, Maria
Stansbury, Mary Jo Mahall, Ellie Bricmont (BVEF); back row, standing -- Martha Fisher, Colin Lackey, Nancy McLaughlin, Megan Basel, Robert Dougherty, Darci Sanders (LENSC), Jim Kotora, Brian Reynolds, Char Shryock, Carrie Engelbrecht, Carol Brajdic, Danielle Jeglie, and Susan Bixler (OSU). Not pictured are Jodi Higgins, Diana Lee, Julia Papcke-Russell and Ron Rutt.