Every year teacher grant applications are submitted to the Educational Foundation for great ideas and projects that deserve to be funded. The Foundation’s Grant Committee is tasked with the difficult job of deciding which grants will be awarded. If you are interested in learning more about the Committee and their selections please see our 2015 Grant Committee blog post. This year, the Foundation surprised teachers at 9 Ann Arbor Public Schools with grant certificates. The generosity of individuals and local businesses allowed us to fund over $17,000 in teacher grants. These grants directly impact the education of over 1600 students.
This year, the Foundation is leaving the door open for several more requests, and welcomes the community to fund them. In 2015, we reviewed 101 Teacher Grant applications and were able to fund 9 projects. The following 6 projects met all of our criteria with high ratings from our Committee. Instead of denying funding we encourage the community to rally behind teachers doing the good work and donate so that these projects can be implemented as early as January 2016. Spot your school in the list below and support your teacher. Or, think of the school a neighborhood over and how the kids there will be your kids’ peers in middle and high school. Any gift will go directly to the teacher and project. Everyone benefits, everyone wins.
Computer Science with Lego
Connection helps students in the process of weaving two or more cultures together to create a new identity. We are a mentorship program that connects University of Michigan students with English Language Learners (ELL) at Scarlett Middle School. The program provides in-class support for students as well as connecting them with opportunities at the University of Michigan and in the community. By supporting Connection, you will be making it possible for students to attend events at University of Michigan, meet with UM professors, develop a cultural identity art project, and participate in fun community events!
The Little Gym
The Little Gym is a Bryant Elementary School Physical Education unit designed for Young 5 through 2nd grade students. The purpose of this unit is to teach students fundamental, low impact, and safe gymnastic skills. Currently our school has no gymnastics mats. If we receive enough funds to purchase mats for this unit, we would be preparing our students for a lifetime of physical literacy.
Chicken or the Egg?
Increasing Effective Use of Resources through Digital Organization
Finding the perfect book can be the difference between students successfully learning or struggling. Consequently, teachers spend hours trying to find the perfect book to enhance their lesson – manually combing through stacks of books and resources in the Book Room. Please help us digitally catalog our Book Room resources through the use of the Book Collector Program and Database in order to increase student success!