GAR Foundation awards grants to Summit County educators for classroom-based projects
The Distribution Committee of GAR Foundation announced $350,000 in funding to 33 teams of educators through its annual Educator Initiative Grant (EIG) program. The EIG program offers grants to teams of K-12 educators in Summit County’s public and private schools who present classroom innovations that will drive student success. Educators from Akron Public Schools’ Bridges Learning Center were awarded $7,300 for the Bridges Bulldogs Broadcast Network. This initiative will immerse students in real-world experiences to create a quality school news program. Students will gain transferable digital literacy skills, be exposed to media production, and glimpse into a future career.
A number of grants were awarded to the Seton Catholic School, including The Intelligent Classroom: Exploration in Virtual Reality. This project will allow students to break the barriers of physical challenges and economic differences – creating an environment of experiences open to all. Using virtual reality technology, students will “travel” to parliament, walk the streets of London, and swim with sea creatures.
Summit County educators are encouraged to attend GAR Foundation’s Annual Educator Conference on October 4, 2018. The free conference brings together K-12 educators to uplift innovative strategies for student engagement and success. Information for the conference is available on the GAR website.
The schools receiving support include:
- Bath Elementary School, $9,600, Tiny Houses
- Bolich and Roberts Middle Schools, $10,000, Sphero Robotics Competitions
- Bolich Middle School, $14,300, Digital Creation Studio
- Bridges Learning Center, $7,300, Bridges Bulldog Broadcast Network
- Chapel Hill Christian School North, $15,000, Coding into Critical Thinking
- Cuyahoga Falls High School, $15,000, Tiger Time News
- Cuyahoga Falls High School, $14,300, Publications for the 21st Century
- Cuyahoga Falls High School, $9,000, The Renaissance Coalition
- Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, $4,000, The Big Read
- Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, $1,100, Mentoring Mathletes
- DeWitt Elementary School, $9,300, Greener and Cleaner at Dewitt Elementary School
- East Woods School, $15,000, How Does Design Matter
- Glover CLC, $6,100, The Big 3
- Hudson High School, $9,900, Creating the “perfect pack” and the Evolution of a Freshman
- Immaculate Heart of Mary School, $14,700, MakerSpace is More Than Just a Room
- Immaculate Heart of Mary School, $14,400, What’s On Your Mind?
- Immaculate Heart of Mary School, $9,900, Coming to America?
- Kimpton Middle School, $9,600, Academic, Behavior, and Heath Benefits of heart rate monitoring
- Litchfield CLC, $9,700, Growing Student Mindsets That Invite Excellence
- Manchester High School, $11,700, Composting to Save Water Organically
- Manchester High School, $5,400, Kids & You
- Mason CLC, $5,900, My Creativity My Future
- McDowell Elementary School, $14,400, How do I use models to learn from my work?
- Our Lady of the Elms, $15,000, Agricultural Exploration
- Preston Elementary School, $14,000, Preston Pride – News on Your Side
- Richardson Elementary School, $10,000, Wellness Begins With Me
- Seton Catholic School, $13,700, The Intelligent Classroom: Exploration in Virtual Reality
- Seton Catholic School, $7,700, Step Up and Be Heard! Listen…can you hear me? The Art of Soapbox Speaking, Seton Style
- Silver Lake Elementary School, $14,400, Makerspaces on the go!
- Springfield High and Junior High, $6,300, ChromaKey to Success: Giving the Green Light to Language Acquisition through TPRS
- St. Barnabas School, $9,900, First Edition
- St. Barnabas School, $9,200, “What a great I.D.E.A!” (Invention, Design, Engineer…Adventure)
- Woodridge Elementary School, $14,200, Park Talks
For more information about the Educator Initiative Grant program, contact Lucille Esposito, EIG program manager, at email@example.com or 330-550-6661.
GAR Foundation was established in 1967 by Galen Roush, co-founder and chief executive officer of Roadway Express, and his wife Ruth Roush. GAR Foundation’s mission is to help Akron become smarter, stronger, and more vibrant. Visit www.garfoundation.org for more information.