Thank you to our donors who benefit our teachers and educational community! REFI has awarded $52,864 in classroom grants for the 2018-2019 school year. These grants support elementary, middle and high school classrooms throughout RCPS. REFI’s grant program financially supports creative and innovative curricular development that is beyond the scope of the typical school budget. The creativity and caring nature of each one of these proposals, supports the evidence that RCPS teachers are willing go above and beyond their educational calling to encourage their students to learn, have fun and become caring individuals.
Educational Grants Funded for Elementary Schools
A Wagon Full of Reading REFI Grant $300.00 Sherry Ryman & Michele Mumaw -Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: A quarter does not go very far unless it is used for purchasing a book from the Book Wagon. A quarter then buys adventure, intrigue, laughter, and a lifetime love of reading. The Book Wagon is quite an investment in our students.
Ag-venture - Save the Earth! REFI Grant $541.00 Autumn Pequignot -Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: ”Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” - The Lorax. Local farmers, producers, agriculture enthusiasts, and educators collaborate in a curriculum based hands-on opportunity. This school-wide event will educate students about conservation strategies and falls under the Important category.
All Aboard for Science Explorers Camp REFI Grant $892.00 Linda Doherty -Elkton Elementary School~River Bend Elementary School Abstract: For years, students attended JMU Space Explorers Camp, now Science Explorers Camp. In 2018, no assistance was provided; the number of East Rockingham students attending decreased drastically! It is IMPORTANT to provide bus transportation to this learning opportunity where students develop the STEM skills to excel in school and life.
Baking Up Economics Across Content Areas REFI Grant $600.00 Janna Grandle & Steve Halteman -John C. Myers Elementary School Abstract: Students in 4th & 5th Grade will take the lead role in executing a successful bake sale for our annual spring carnival. They will poll people to find out what they would like to buy, select recipes to create, purchase ingredients, create price points and finally, make and sell their goods.
Be One With Your Seat Dr. Charlette Mcquilkin Honor Grant $411.00 Lucinda Furry -John Wayland Elementary School Abstract: With the purchase of Zenergy Ball Chairs and NeoRok Wobble Stools, I plan to create the best learning environment for every K-5 student that I work with in my special education classroom. These alternative, ergonomic seating options are important in allowing students to become more novel, productive thinkers.
Boom, Boom, Share a Drum Union Bank & Trust Corporate Grant $999.00 Barbara Bowman & Edward Hollingworth -Ottobine Elementary School Abstract: With the use of the "World Music Drumming" curriculum, and drums for the classroom, students in a Title I rural community will have the opportunity to lear to work collaboratively, while building communication, citizenship, and creative skills.
Building With Blocks in a Digital World REFI Grant $175.00 Amanda Mcbryde -Fulks Run Elementary School Abstract: My grant is Building With Blocks in a Digital World.Technology is amazing, but some kids are so absorbed by their devices that they rarely experience learning through play and building. This is an inspirational grant to help inspire creative thinking and problem solving in first graders through building.
Calling All Coders REFI Grant $762.00 Stephanie May & Amy Painter -Linville-Edom Elementary School Abstract: Calling All Coders is a novel grant that will provide resources allowing students to gain problem solving and critical thinking skills. As our school becomes ‚”future-ready” students need to have computer programming and digital literacy skills. This grant allows our leaders and innovators of tomorrow to build, create, and tinker.
Celebrating Differences: Showing Respect, Empathy, and Kindness for ALL REFI Grant $500.00 Blair Harper -Linville-Edom Elementary School Abstract: Our school is excited to welcome guests with various intellectual and physical disabilities to learn about their experiences and deepen our understanding and respect for those who may be different from ourselves. Throughout the month of October, we will be promoting inclusion, disability awareness, and bullying prevention month.
Collaborate, Create, Think- Makerspaces are the Link REFI Grant $845.00 Anita Ritchie -Fulks Run Elementary School Abstract: "Collaborate, Create, Think- Makerspaces are the Link" fits the Novel category and will utilize group STEM activities to challenge students to be critical thinkers and problem solve while thinking "outside the box". It will help improve communication as students work together in the makerspace to solve problems and create projects. Collaborating with Orff: Xylophones in the music room Cross Keys Mill Creek Ruritan Club Grant $1,000.00 Angie Clemens -John C. Myers Elementary School Abstract: Playing music in ensemble is a team sport - successful when everyone collaborates. Orff instruments offer a great way for elementary music makers to develop ensemble skills. Though class size at our school averages 21 students, our music room has only 14 xylophones. This grant funds an additional three instruments.
Compose Yourself: Songwriting as a school-wide project McDonalds Corporate Grant $950.00 Angie Clemens -John C. Myers Elementary School Abstract: This project funds a singer/songwriter to come to our school for a 7 day residency. During this time, he will guide the students through the process of songwriting, creating 3 student-written songs. Connecting Cultures! World Music Drumming in the Elementary Music Classroom Rockingham County Public Schools Grant $965.00 Betsy Hulvey -Pleasant Valley Elementary School Abstract: Drumming has been a part of world cultures for centuries. It is fun, creates an atmosphere of collaboration, elevates the spirit, and inspires creativity. Through drumming, children gain intellectual acuity, physical coordination, and emotional well-being. Current research shows that through group drumming children develop higher level thinking skills.
Drop the Mic REFI Grant $331.00 Mary Ryder -Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: My students need a way to amplify their voice in the classroom. Students need access to microphones to be heard when participating in morning meetings, giving oral reports, or doing projects on the IPAD.
Early Emotion Explorers REFI Grant $660.00 Charity Short Amy Flick -Fulks Run Elementary School Abstract: The emphasis on mental health and trauma informed care in the elementary schools is growing. Early Emotion Explorers aims to give our kindergarten students the skills and strategies to express their feelings and be able to self regulate and problem solve independently through the use of various techniques and strategies.
EES Coffee Cart REFI Grant $250.00 Kristyn Gould, Stephanie Richards, Susan Eaves & Sharon Morris -Elkton Elementary School Abstract: Our special education students are looking to create a coffee cart for our scohol. They will be the ones taking, completing and delivering orders. All of which, will work on social and life skills. We are in need of some supplies to get us started with this amazing opportunity.
Encouraging students to become readers. Nancy Mast Honor/Memorial Grant $1,000.00 J. Kapuchuck -Plains Elementary School Abstract: Facutly will purchase a minimum of 3 books for each student at from Plains at the Green Valley Book Fair in December.
Enhancing our Literature Circle Bookshelves REFI Grant $500.00 Michelle Hilbert -Ottobine Elementary School Abstract: Research shows that students become better readers the more they read. In order to create more and better readers we need books that motivate students to read. By adding new and appealing titles to our sets of trade books we can offer more engaging and captivating texts to our students.
Expand Our Co-Laboratory! REFI Grant $440.00 Amy Painter -Linville-Edom Elementary School Abstract: We want to provide students with skills that go beyond traditional expectations. With a "Co-Laboratory" makerspace, students will gather to make and create and students will share supplies, skills, and ideas while working on the 5Cs and their problem solving skills.
Exploratory Learning with Clay REFI Grant $670.00 Amelia Guido & Lynn Allen -Linville-Edom Elementary School~Plains Elementary School Abstract: Exploratory Learning with Clay will purchase ceramic materials for Pre-K-5th grade at two different schools, with a combined population of over 600 students. Having clay in a young artist's work space allow them to develop important fine motor skills, while also sparking creativity, building confidence and honing critical thinking skills.
Family Literacy Nights REFI Grant $439.00 Autumn Pequignot -Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: Emilie Buchwald once said "children are made readers on the laps of their parents." We want to encourage reading, writing, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration by sending children home with weekly curriculum-based bags. Each bag will include a book, game, journal, and character based on the provided book.
FeiereBAND!: Materials for PreSchool Music Curriculum REFI Grant $90.00 Miranda Fitzgerald Amy Painter -Linville-Edom Elementary School Abstract: PreSchool music curriculum was purchased last year for all music teachers. The curriculum is wonderful, but in order to make it more visual and comprehensive for students it requires a kit of manipulative to aid in the teaching. This inspirational grant would allow PK music curriculum to come alive!
Follow the "Green Valley Road" to Literacy REFI Grant $360.00 Therese Warner -McGaheysville Elementary School Abstract: As an educator, I know and value the importance of reading. Instilling a love of reading in my students and their families is an ever-challenging task. This grant will enable my students to choose books from the Green Valley Book Fair to help them continue their “Road to Literacy”.
Fun and Games! Dr. John Kidd Honor Grant $500.00 Michael Wampole Nikki Gardener -Peak View Elementary School Abstract: We plan to create an environment that challenges students to problem solve, cooperate with each other, and apply real world skills of logic, math, and reasoning. Math will be the main focus of these activities.
Gaining Access to Play REFI Grant $523.00 Morgan McIlwee -Mountain View Elementary School Abstract: Children deserve to have play at their schools and on their school playgrounds. This grant will fund a new piece of wheelchair inclusive equipment for the school playground in order for a student to gain access to play.
Go for Grow! Developing a Growth Mindset REFI Grant $282.00 Sheri Loomis Cindy Hepner -Elkton Elementary School Abstract: As a special educator, I'm always looking for tools and strategies to support at-risk students. I want to utilize the ΓÇ£Growth MindsetΓÇ¥ philosophy to help children built resilience, grit, and perseverance despite learning difficulties. Graphic Novel Club REFI Grant $395.00 Karen Komara & Melissa Fox -Pleasant Valley Elementary School Abstract: The Graphic Novel Club will use graphic novels to engage students' while focusing on comprehension and vocabulary. We will meet monthly during our lunch to discuss the novels that we have read, blog about the books, and design our own graphic novel using the Application Comic Life.
Growing A Family of Readers REFI Grant $500.00 Sherry Ryman Sherry Ryman -Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: Much like a farmer cultivates his fields to produce a bounty of crops, a shared reading experience can lead to the growth of a family of readers. Through reading a book together, families will begin a conversation about stories that can last a lifetime.
Growing STEMS for Success! REFI Grant $899.00 April Soltis -Cub Run Elementary School~South River Elementary School Abstract: My students need a robotics STEM kit, Makey Makey classroom invention literacy kit, and littleBits gizmos, gadgets, and coding kits.
Guiding Math Minds REFI Grant $700.00 Gina Phelps -South River Elementary School Abstract: Guided Math Groups allows the teacher to tailor lessons to the individual needs of all students. Lessons can focus in on specific content, strategies and skill sets with small groups of students. All learning styles and best practices are supported. Guided Math Groups fosters success for all math learners.
Hand, Hand, Thumb, Thumb, It's Community Circle Time; Let's Drum! Massanutten Resort Corporate Grant $926.00 Jo Enke -Lacey Springs Elementary School~McGaheysville Elementary School~Ottobine Elementary School Abstract: This Results-Oriented grant would provide world drums to be used both in the music classroom and during our school wide community circle time. Students will learn basic drum skills and activities that will encourage community, interpersonal communication and introspection. Students will be provided a survey to measure self esteem throughout.
If We Build It, They Will "Calm" REFI Grant $500.00 Donica Hadley -Plains Elementary School Abstract: At a quick glance, Sensory Rooms can be viewed at as indoor play spaces where kids get to utilize as a break from learning. In reality, Sensory Rooms are specifically designed to assist students who have learning difficulties, developmental disabilities, sensory impairments or child-based trauma.
In Control of Me REFI Grant $320.00 Jackie Dunsmore Courtney Judd, Kelly Cadle, Rebekah Dooley, Kathryn Hitt -South River Elementary School Abstract: "In Control of Me" is a pro-active curriculum for preschool and kindergarten students which teaches self-regulation skills. Using collaboration between the school counselor and classroom teachers, the goal is to help students develop an awareness of healthy behaviors and learn essential coping skills.
Ishi: Simple Tips from a Solid Friend Brandt- Hill Family Fund Grant $1,000.00 Heather Gigliotti, Tammy Stoutamyer & Janice Wille -McGaheysville Elementary School Abstract: In a world that seems to be motivated by instant gratification, can One Book for One School teach 278 students, their families, and fifty faculty and staff members how to thrive in the 21st century as compassionate members of our society both inside and outside the classroom.
Learn to Strum- Ukuleles are Fun! REFI Grant $500.00 Kari Carpenter -Fulks Run Elementary School Abstract: Students will learn to play the ukulele in a group setting during music classes. Each student will have a ukulele to play while a class learns together during lessons designed for specific grade levels.
Learning with Legos REFI Grant $400.00 Susan Morris -McGaheysville Elementary School Abstract: Legos are fun, but also a great learning tool. To build a large set successfully, students must read carefully, follow directions, and use hand/eye coordination. A large, complex Lego set will be constructed in the library, with students working together to build the set.
Let's Keep Rolling... Dupont Community Credit Union Corporate Grant $1,000.00 Teri Grembi -Cub Run Elementary School Abstract: We need bikes for our growing population of students. The bike program currently in place is having a profound impact upon our students emotional and physical well-being...but we want to do more and be able to serve every child in our school!
Let's Play! REFI Grant $180.00 Logan Stana -Plains Elementary School Abstract: Students need fun materials that can be incorporated into academic centers and also played with during free choice time.
Lights! Camera! Action!...wait...we need Sound!! REFI Grant $640.00 Miranda Fitzgerald & Ashley Houff -South River Elementary School Abstract: Our plan is to purchase sound equipment for this years musical in an effort to give more students hands on experience when working with sound. This will hopefully inspire students to discover new ways of making a show more audible to an audience in the space that we have.
Makerspaces in the Library and Beyond REFI Grant $458.00 Jeanne Ritchie Cindy Jenkins -South River Elementary School Abstract: "A makerspace is a place where students gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects and build. Having a makerspace (lego wall, white/magnetic/peg boards) on wheels will inspire students to become participatory learners to uncover their talents, needs, and interests by making, producing, solving, creating and collaborating. Manipulatives on the Move Dr. John Kidd Honor Grant $511.00 Tammy May -Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: Having opportunities to use manipulatives gives students freedom, flexibility, and fun as they explore math concepts in action. A cart on wheels with a variety of hand held objects puts brain and touch power together for optimal tactile and visual learning. Teachers sharing the cart is an additional plus. Milkweed Madness: A Waystation for Monarch Butterflies Farmers & Merchants Bank Corporate Grant $1,000.00 Sue Haley, Laura Logan, Derrik Walling, Stephanie Rohrer & Miranda Luna -John Wayland Elementary School Abstract: Monarch Butterflies are being evaluated for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Our students want to help bring back the monarchs with a redesigned and updated Monarch Waystation garden.
Missing School = Missing Out REFI Grant $450.00 Michael Horst -River Bend Elementary School Abstract: Low attendance and Chronic absenteeism leads to lower academic achievements and it starts with the first time students enter our elementary schools. It is our goal that early proactive intervention through awareness, competition, advertisement, and reward can assist to lower attendance issues before punitive actions must be utilized. Near Peer STEM Ambassadors Kingmor Supply, Inc Corporate Grant $1,000.00 Brian Lux & Holly Blais -John C. Myers Elementary School~Plains Elementary School Abstract: Building upon in-kind corporate and university support, Near Peer STEM Ambassadors facilitates inspirational synergy between schools. Students travel between schools to provide hands-on inquiry-based STEM mentorship with a focus on real-world applications, allowing students to confidently use, develop, teach, share and be inspired by high-interest STEM learning throughout two communities.
Our Community Learns Together Riddleberger Brothers, Inc. Corporate Grant $953.00 Hannah Johnson Marcy Williams, Ashley Kelleran -Peak View Elementary School Abstract: We want our school to be a place that communicates to every student that, "You are welcome here." A dedicated sensory space clearly sends this message to students with specific sensory needs and creates an environment for all students to learn together-- improving the educational experience for all.
Out of this world learning REFI Grant $550.00 Brian Lux & Holly Blais -John C. Myers Elementary School~Plains Elementary School Abstract: Using moon rock, asteroid dust, and Martian dirt, students from multiple schools learn key data collection skills in a novel way, by approaching data collection from a celestial perspective. Viable attempts to communicate student work to astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) will be made as a capstone experience.
Pizzas, Safaris, and Dinosaurs, Oh My! Transforming classrooms to transform education! REFI Grant $370.00 Amber Depoy & Holly Balice -Plains Elementary School Abstract: Students will step into a new world of engagement as their classroom is transformed into a variety of settings. They must work together and apply what they have learned to solve challenges as they are asked to take their education to a whole new level.
Scholastic Steps for Super 1st Success! REFI Grant $184.00 Kara Parks -Cub Run Elementary School Abstract: When children learn a love for reading, the future opens up for them. Possibilities of new knowledge abound. Kids recognize the potential inside themselves. My students need appropriate books to read at home. Scholastic $1 books allow my students the opportunity to own a new book each month!
Scooting to Fitness REFI Grant $836.00 Kevin Gidari -Plains Elementary School Abstract: This grant will purchase a fleet of scooters for physical education. By adding this equipment we will have the ability for every child to be able to use a scooter in PE. This fits the important category since all 433 students will physically and mentally benefit from using scooters. STEM Bins for Super Success REFI Grant $350.00 Megan Morris April Soltis -Cub Run Elementary School Abstract: "I'm Finished! What's next?" I want to answer my students' question with meaningful work opportunities. Elementary students need hands-on, engaging and open- ended tasks to fulfill their natural drive to play, explore and engineer whenever possible. STEM bins in the classroom allow for meaningful and unique learning opportunities.
STEM Stackables: From Minds to Design in Minutes A-Able Plumbing, Inc. Corporate Grant $1,000.00 Bobbie Arbogast -Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: STEM Stackables are plastic boxes filled with consumable or non-consumable manipulatives, and task cards providing developmentally appropriate engineering challenges for PreK- 5th grade students. While students engage in complex tasks and solve problems, STEM Stackables build, creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking through a novel hands-on, minds-on approach to learning.
Stimulating Senses for Super Success! REFI Grant $300.00 Nelle Douglas April Soltis -Cub Run Elementary School Abstract: My students need sensory bin and sensory-related items to┬ástimulate their senses: touch, smell, movement, balance, sight and hearing. This facilitates exploration, develops a sense of mindfulness, and encourages scientific processes and self-regulation while they play, create, investigate and explore.
SummerReads LD&B Insurance and Financial Services Corporate Grant $1,000.00 Lisa Robertson -Mountain View Elementary School Abstract: The SummerReads program will provide students with an opportunity to get new books over the summer, participate in read alouds, and activities related to the books. This program falls under the Important category because we are focused on preventing the summer slide by promoting literacy throughout the summer.
The Magic of Games for Kids and Families REFI Grant $549.00 Margaret Alger Kim Muraskin, School Counselor -River Bend Elementary School Abstract: Elementary school students will learn important social skills, including the 5 Cs, through the use of social-emotional learning themed books and simple but fun games by the librarian and school counselor. Furthermore, we will engage families with a game night that promotes the sense of community in our school.
Trout in the classroom Dr. Carol Smith Fenn Honor Grant $1,000.00 Crystal Gaspar -River Bend Elementary School Abstract: With this project, students will be able to engage in an environmental education program in which they will raise trout from eggs, engage in stream habitat study, appreciate water systems understand a conservationists ethic and understand ecosystems and the importance of roles of different organisms.
Tying Up Loose Ends REFI Grant $225.00 Miranda Fitzgerald & Ashley Houff -South River Elementary School Abstract: This is an Important Grant that will allow our musical to have the small necessities needed in order to have a successful show. Items like paint, fabric, needles, and thread, that are too often purchased for out of pocket, need to be in supply at all times during a musical.
Uke Can Do It! Strumming Up the Fun in the Elementary Music Classroom REFI Grant $500.00 Betsy Hulvey -Peak View Elementary School Abstract: Ukuleles are quickly becoming a staple in music classrooms across the country. With the addition of a stringed instrument education, students enrich their musical foundation. Many skills are developed that are essential not only for creating music, but learning other subjects while building character, and responsibility, too!
Ukes over here! Ukes over there! Ukelele's EVRYWHERE!! REFI Grant $70.00 Miranda Fitzgerald Ashley Houff -South River Elementary School Abstract: This is a Novel grant that will allow older students to have easy access to ukuleles in music class. Currently these instruments are in boxes in a closet making them difficult to use in planning and just general student access. The hope is that easy access will increase their usage.
We are Rocking in our school shoes to the Green Valley Book Fair REFI Grant $480.00 Tara Cupp, Logan Stana, Erica Guengerich & Samantha See -Plains Elementary School Abstract: Our students will enhance their home libraries by visiting the Green Valley Book Fair for story hour and purchasing books for their library at home. We're Better Together REFI Grant $125.00 Logan Stana -Plains Elementary School Abstract: We will grow and learn from others by connecting to communities outside of our classroom, both in our local community and to students and families in the global community.
Welcome to Our House REFI Grant $860.00 Sharon Martz & Kim Muraksin -River Bend Elementary School Abstract: The house system provides an increased feeling of identity and belonging for students as it provides opportunities for students of different ages in grades preK-fifth grade to interact and learn from one another. Through this system, students will practice all the pillars of character as they learn to work together. What's Cooking in Speech? Learning! REFI Grant $153.00 Sarah Kunath -Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: Maintaining a multi-sensory, cross-curricular speech program is essential to the overall success of the students receiving these services. By using cooking lessons in therapy sessions to teach real-life skills while also addressing measurement, reading, writing, and of course language development and articulation. This project falls under the Novel category.
We are Rocking in our school shoes to the Green Valley Book Fair REFI Grant $480.00 Tara Cupp, Logan Stana, Erica Guengerich & Samantha See -Plains Elementary School Abstract: Our students will enhance their home libraries by visiting the Green Valley Book Fair for story hour and purchasing books for their library at home.
Young Minds Learn Engineering Allied Concrete Co. Corporate Grant $923.00 Therese Warner & Sarah Shull -McGaheysville Elementary School Abstract: Our youngest students love to explore and create but often need direction. Should this project be funded, our students would be able to explore and expand with stem kit projects. Each kit will have open ended opportunities to experience trial and error to find the best outcome.
Educational Grants Funded for Middle Schools
A “novel” approach toward reluctant and struggling readers REFI Grant $500.00 Jessica Kitta -Elkton Middle School Abstract: Expanding the library's collection of graphic novels is a ‚”novel‚” approach toward literacy. Graphic novels will support the Rockingham County vision of creating a ‚”community of readers,‚” by providing students, especially struggling readers, with with diverse reading materials, which can can help them become lifelong readers. Category: Novel
Clay in Motion REFI Grant $796.00 Tracy West -Elkton Middle School Abstract: Art students at Elkton Middle School will be able to make clay sculptures showing human figures in motion. Their figures will be mounted to create a clay trophy that represents them.
Coffee Cart REFI Grant $500.00 Linda Dillashaw -Montevideo Middle School Abstract: A student led coffee house every Monday and a coffee cart every Friday. Both will be led by our students with autism and their same aged peer mentors. Creating an Adaptive and Diverse Gym REFI Grant $500.00 Madison Allen -Montevideo Middle School Abstract: Incorporating technology and modified equipment so that students experience more success overall. Primarily targeting students with special learning needs to make Physical Education a much more engaging and successful class. All students can benefit from the use of technology and making the gym more streamlined. Girls Got Drive: Transporting Budding Scientists to JMU STEM Day REFI Grant $117.00 Nicole Meredith, Tabitha Carter, Reilly Belton, Brad Saylor, Kristi German & Shawn Wagner -Elkton Middle School Abstract: Expanding Your Horizons, hosted by JMU, will allow some of our female students who do not always have opportunities in STEM activities to engage in hands-on learning experiences and interact with other females in the professional fields of math and science to propel them into STEM-related careers. Growing Ecological Stewards REFI Grant $750.00 Angela Cromer & Julia Hall -Wilber S. Pence Middle School Abstract: Our annual plan states, "foster and expand a reading culture throughout the school". This grant will use reading to grow ecological stewards. Ten ecologically themed trade books (4 copies each) will be available for my students to enjoy in my classroom while expanding their ecological knowledge and reading skills. Let's Get Real REFI Grant $821.00 Dana Shields Bridgett Crawford -Wilber S. Pence Middle School Abstract: In a perfect world, every student that walks into our classrooms would beg to read. Unless reading and writing are made meaningful, this isn't the case. When given the opportunity to complete authentic tasks, students can see the importance of reading and writing in the REAL world.
Project ACES--Academic & Character Ed Success! REFI Grant $500.00 Grant Disharoon, Will Gheen, Teresa Childs, Steven Rittenhouse & Stephanie Anstey -Montevideo Middle School Abstract: The ACES program is a multi-tiered system to recognize positive academic and character education behaviors that demonstrate the 4 R's (Respect, Responsibility, Relationships, Resilience). Students and teachers are both recognized for demonstrating model behaviors that form the foundations our school culture and community.
Reaching Readers with "Just Right" Books REFI Grant $350.00 Leah Kirkpatrick -Montevideo Middle School Abstract: To help student readers find ‚”just right‚” books, I need to expand my library. My proposal includes books from student ‚”wish lists,‚” award winners, Great American Reads, and high-interest titles for reluctant readers. These books will enable me to connect with students individually and foster their reading lives.
Rocketing into the Laws of Motion Truck & Equipment Corp. Corporate Grant $998.00 Kelly Scott Tammy Eckard -Wilber S. Pence Middle School Abstract: We want to better engage our students as they take control of their own learning. We want them to explore more about the Laws of Motion through scientific investigation . We would like to provide a unique opportunity for all of our students to build and launch a model rocket. Social Snacks!! REFI Grant $607.00 Andrea Weaver -John Frank Hillyard Middle School Abstract: Create a mobile snack cart to be operated solely by students with Intellectual Disabilities. This cart would deliver healthy snacks to staff in the building during planning/lunch times. It would provide student operators opportunities to learn a tangible vocational skill, while working on speech goals and social skills.
The Great Genre Exploration REFI Grant $450.00 Bridgett Crawford Dana Shields -Wilber S. Pence Middle School Abstract: Come on a magical journey of reading and writing exploration as students metamorph from reading genre poverty into confident explorers of destinations, character, and rich accomplishments! Authentic engagement and team motivation will take these students to the Great Genre Exploration year end Summit!
Turning Pages: Increasing literacy and the love for reading and science among elementary and middle school students. REFI Grant $1,000.00 Kajsa Svarfvar & Molly Highland -John Frank Hillyard Middle School Abstract: Our community is facing a literacy crisis. Children and youth are not exposed to quality texts, especially content-related texts, and lack the experience of strong reading models. Creating a buddy reading program with an emphasis on science texts will increase literacy and science knowledge while providing exceptional reading models.
U Can Uke REFI Grant $500.00 Kimberly Mumbauer & Melissa Harper -Wilber S. Pence Middle School Abstract: We would like to offer an after school ukulele program to help students strengthen their musicianship skills while supporting the RCPS vision of 21st Century Learning Skills consisting of Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, Creation, and Citizenship.
Educational Grants Funded for High Schools
A Soft Throwable Microphone to Foster Student Communication! REFI Grant $820.00 Janie Thames, Owen Longacre and Mary Claire Pedagno -Spotswood High School Abstract: In the Fusion class that we are piloting, students struggle to hear each other due to the large class size. Discussion is essential and a Catchbox would be a unique way to inspire students to communicate effectively with each other. Active Assortment REFI Grant $500.00 Verity Caron & Gina Troyer -Turner Ashby High School Abstract: The Special Education Department is looking to incorporate active furniture options for the children we serve. Research has corroborated that active furniture can increase energy and focus. We wish to learn which types are most effective and most in-need by offering our students a variety before making a larger investment.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Significant Watershed Experience REFI Grant $200.00 Darrell Zook -Broadway High School Abstract: BIO II Survey and Chemistry students will participate in a one-day Chesapeake Bay Foundation staff event canoe trip on the Shenandoah River where they will complete, in part, a "Significant Watershed Experience." Students will assess river health by completing an invertebrate grab and chemical water analysis.
GEMs Club 4.0 REFI Grant $300.00 Janeen Dofflemyer Bethany Stabler -East Rockingham High School Abstract: The Girls' Empowerment Mission (GEMs) Club 4.0 is a program focused on a select group of 9th grade girls. The Club strives to educate, encourage and equip the girls with information and strategies needed to be successful in the school setting, as well as the community. Providing success for vulnerable students through timber sports John Myers Honor Grant $1,000.00 Caroline Warns, Elizabeth Lam & Rebecca Holloway -East Rockingham High School~Spotswood High School~Montevideo Middle School Abstract: Timber sports is new frontier for RCPS. Though we practice and practice we have found that our students cannot experience success with our hand-me-down equipment. 5 different schools have come together to request $1000 to cover part of the costs of a competition saw as an 'Important' grant. Students serve COFFEE to make a CONNECTION REFI Grant $750.00 Amber Sabbatini, Chris Dodson & Mary Kate Sullivan -Spotswood High School Abstract: Our vision is to utilize the coffee shop service as a successful transition into adulthood. The coffee shop will support our students not only educationally by teaching them academic skills, but it will also teach them life skills. The Power of Q-ball! REFI Grant $194.00 Janeen Dofflemyer -East Rockingham High School Abstract: A Q-Ball is a soft, durable foam ball with a built-in microphone. The Q-Ball can be tossed between students and verbal contributions will be heard clearly, no matter their volume and distance. This device assists all students, especially those who are insecure with speaking up in class. Words Matter: How an Investigative Reporter Has Brought Killers to Justice InterChange Group, Inc. Corporate Grant $1,000.00 Kim Johnson -Broadway High School Abstract: Since 1989, journalist Jerry Mitchell has made a career of using his skills to unearth evidence that has led to the conviction of notorious criminals. His tireless pursuit of truth, his trove of stories, and his ability to communicate will provide a memorable experience for students at Broadway High School.
Educational Grants Funded for RCPS Central Office
Farmville Tour Guides: A Student-Led Field Experience in Civil Rights History SunTrust Corporate Grant $979.00 Beau Dickenson & Owen Longacre -Central Office Abstract: This inspirational grant will empower students to become storytellers on the actual grounds where historic events unfolded. This “student-led fieldtrip” will require them to conduct in-depth research on a specific component of Virginia history, and then present it to their peers at the sites where those events transpired. Makey Makey Innovation Nielsen Builders, Inc. Corporate Grant $940.00 Bethany Deputy & Bethany Deputy -Central Office Abstract: Teachers will receive training on invention literacy using Makey Makeys. Teachers will then guide students through lessons on circuitry, conductivity, and coding. Makey Makeys help facilitate the design process to create solutions/prototypes that make our world better and brighter. This grant will provide training and consumable supplies for schools.
Together We Sing, Together We Learn - Elementary Festival Choir George's Corporate Grant $1,000.00 Beth Harter -Central Office Abstract: The combined voices of 135 fifth grade singers representing every elementary school will be raised in song at the RCPS Elementary Festival Choir event on March 21, 2019 at Turner Ashby High School. Students rehearsing advanced music culminates with a delightful evening concert open to families and our communities.