2016-11-25 / Schools

Education Foundation awards 90 school grants

The Simi Valley Education Foundation recently awarded 90 Enhancement Grants to 26 local public schools in amounts ranging from $50 to over $1,000.

Enhancement grants provide funding, not otherwise available, for projects that have a potential to enhance the learning process.

This year the grants encompassed a variety of subject areas including language arts, math, science, social studies, technology, art, music, special education and physical education.

The grants included the following applications:

Breakout education: games that teach critical thinking, teamwork, complex problem solving, and can be used in all content areas in all grades.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grants: The entire school will use digital resources, supplemental print and hands-on kits to increase students’ interest in these areas. Individual grants to accelerate these subjects in grades K-6.

Grants in science only: high school titration equipment, organic chemistry model kits and incubating chicken eggs for kindergartners.

Math grants: modeling ideas and concepts with hands-on manipulatives like pattern blocks and integer counters and calculators for in-class uses.

Language arts grants: building classroom and school libraries with the purchase of new books and audio books; having students write and publish their own books; enhancing the learning of Shakespeare; and helping students find their passion in reading.

Music: guitars at Apollo High School and sheet music for multi-school neighborhood performances.

Combating opioid abuse at a high school.

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