During the district’s Board of Education meeting on March 23, the Elwood Education Endowment organization awarded six teacher grants totaling $30,000 to benefit all four schools in the district. Educators applied for a grant in the fall and had the opportunity to collaborate if they desired.
Since the EEE’s inception in 2004, the organization has awarded $465,000 in grants as a means to expand the educational programs offered by the district. Through fundraising efforts, the organization awards these grants to create additional opportunities beyond the core curriculum, not covered by the district’s budget.
This year, grants were provided to benefit students by bringing Google Expeditions into the classrooms and expand the James H. Boyd Intermediate School STEM program through the use of iPads, Makey Makey Kits and Dash and Dot robots. In addition, grants were awarded for a redesign of the Elwood Middle School common area, a band composer workshop and new interactive games and books to teach Elwood-John H. Glenn High School Living Environment students about diseases and the immune system.
Recipients included Director of Humanities Pamela Fine, Director of Math, Science and Technology Eileen Kelly-Gorman, James H. Boyd Intermediate School teachers Renee Spanos, Liz Held and Krista Albrecht, Elwood Middle School media specialist Donna Fife, Elwood-John H. Glenn High School science teacher Ricky Greening and music teacher Vickie Henson.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert extended his sincere gratitude towards the organization, while Board Vice President Julia Fried praised the teachers for striving to make a difference in the lives of students.
"I'd like to recognize the teachers who have gone above and beyond by applying for these grants that will bring exciting new things to the classroom and to all those that work so hard to fundraise,” she said.