Big Creek Elementary – approx. 650 students- entire school involved
Staff: Heidi Demaline, Alison Berger, Jennifer Ditz, Cindy Frontczak, Megan Peters
The "One School, One Book" program is from the organization Read to Them that focuses on family literacy. Over the course of a month students, parents and staff members will be reading a chapter book and participating in book-related activities at school. This program’s goal is to improve reading literacy and to promote reading together as a family at home. This grant will cover the cost of the program.
Snow School – 30 students involved
Staff: Joyce Huntz
The goal for this program is to improve writing skills for students in the CBTC program. The CBTC program is for students who, for various reasons, miss a lot of school. Often these students are proud of the work they have done but may not have anyone to share their accomplishments with. By the end of this program the students will have created a portfolio of all their writing and a poetry project. The students will design a “poem pillowcase” which they can keep as a reminder of their achievement. The grant will cover the cost of the art supplies needed to create the pillowcases.
Grindstone Elementary – 50 students involved
Staff: Cynthia K. Millen
Wonder is a book written by R. J. Palacio about a 10-year old homeschooled boy who has genetic abnormalities and has gone through 27 surgeries that has left disfigurations on his face. The book tells the story of how the boy adjusts to being newly enrolled into fifth grade. The story provides a platform for Grindstone students to think about the way they interact with each other. The grant will purchase these inspiring books.
BPM Elementary – 550 students involved
Staff: Katie Rolland, Kristen Brandyberry, Cara McGregor
The "Mindful Me" program will teach the students how to cope with daily, social-emotional, economic, educational and environmental stressors. Teacher will be provided with a kit including materials used to create an environment of mindfulness and a training program. Students will also receive yoga session with a certified instructor. The grant will cover the cost of materials and training.
Gabe & Izzy: Standing Up for America's Bullied
Grindstone Elementary – 800 students involved
Staff: Cynthia K. Millen
Gabrielle Ford wrote an autobiography about her inspiring life's story titled Gabe & Izzy. Gabe had a dream of becoming a dancer but that was put to end when she was diagnosed with the rare disease of Friedreich's Ataxia which put her in a wheelchair. Due to this incident she was constantly bullied by her classmates who caused her to fall away from society and become depressed. Later she got a service dog named Izzy, that she developed a strong relationship with the boosted her confidence. Today, Gabe travels to school across the country to speak to kids about bullying. This grant will cover the cost of the book and her presentation to all Grindstone students.
Middleburg Hts. Jr High – 50 students involved
Staff: Stacey Jennings
Model United Nations is a program in which students, acting as UN members, debate and present their solutions to current world and US issues. The students will participate at a Junior Model UN Conference at John Carroll University where they are evaluated on their work and work with student from other schools. This grant will cover the cost of registration.
DONOR ENRICHMENT GRANTS
Hesche Writing/Reading and Physical Education Enrichment Grant
Middleburg Hts. Jr High – 50 students
Staff: Kathy Robertson
"At-risk" students will work with students with special needs. Together they will read a book called Out of my Mind by Sharon M. Draper about a disabled child. The students will then work together to write their own autobiographies that will ultimately be published. At the end of the year the students will host a Book Signing event for parents. The grant will cover the cost of the books and the cost to publish the students’ writings.
BPM Accessible Playground
Brook Park Memorial Elementary School – 500 K-4th grade students
Staff: Katie Rolland, Mike Kostyack
Being physically active helps children by building healthy muscles and bones, preventing chronic health problem, reducing depression and anxiety, and improving academic performance and behavior. The current Brook Park Memorial playground is not handicap accessible and is currently located on injury-causing gravel and mulch. This grant will assist in covering the cost of a new, safer playground surface.
Imagine! Explore the Arts Enrichment Grant – in memory of Joanna Pusti
Grindstone Elementary School – up to 800 k-4th grade Grindstone students
Staff: Lea Pulizzi-Smith
Students, especially students with special needs, will be introduced to drum circles. This therapeutic drumming program is designed to create a meaningful musical experience for participants. The drum circle experience helps students build confidence, practice communication and social skills, provides opportunities for recreation and is a form of music therapy. The funds will be used to purchase ten Toca Jr. drums and an online subscription to “Drum Circle Leadership”.