Thank you to our donors who benefit our teachers and educational community! REFI has awarded $54,245.00 in classroom grants for the 2019-2020 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
Cook the BooksREFI Grant Linda Hirw - Cub run Elementary School Abstract:Cooking is a powerful way to integrate communication, collaboration, cross-curricular methodology and creativity! Our school does not have kitchen space for student use, but a cooking cart is a great solution to this challenge. The ideal cart resembles a mobile kitchen island with storage for different kinds of cooking equipment. CubCake Sweet Book TreatsHotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center Grant Sheila Shields, Tabitha Carter, Wendy Tokman, and Linda Hirw- Cub Run Elementary School Abstract:Our school needs a book vending machine that would allow students to be rewarded with earning and “purchasing” books instead of snacks or candies. A book vending machine enables student choice in reading materials and makes reading even more fun!
Natural History Museum Comes To Cub Run!REFI Grant April Soltis- Cub Run Elementary School Abstract: The Museum of Natural History's distance learning courses allow gifted students at CRES to join museum educators and explore Virginia’s natural heritage and uncover its rich biological and geological history.Together, with the use of videoconferencing and interactive activities, the experiences spark imagination, enhance curricula, and support educational standards.
A Pellet A Day Keeps Knowledge Coming Our WayREFI Grant Maria Zehr- Cub Run Elementary School Abstract:Our third graders need owl pellets to assist in understanding of life cycles and scientific study. Owl pellets afford a unique opportunity to study the actual diet of an owl, giving students a glimpse into biological concepts and a zeal to learn more in the world of ornithology.
Please Help Us Play the Uke-lay-lay!Domino's Pizza Grant Barbara Bowman- Elkton Elementary School Abstract: Children will experience the joy of playing a ukulele within a collaborative setting producing music enjoyed by all. When students have an instrument to play in their hands, the motivation to learn is enhanced. A classroom set of ukuleles will contribute to the future musical development of hundreds of students.
Knit Together In LoveREFI Grant Rebecca Karaffa- Elkton Elementary School Abstract:Reading Front Desk, by Kelly Yang as part of the Global Read Aloud, 2019 will provide rich conversations about how to treat others, especially those different from ourselves. This project translates the talk into action, providing students a way to demonstrate acceptance and embrace differences in a tangible way.
Transforming Learning… Using Room Transformations to Increase Student EngagementREFI Grant Bobbie Jo Kite, Abby Phillips, and Lauren Shifflett- Elkton Elementary School Abstract:Our goal is to increase student engagement. Our proposal is for materials to make room transformations possible in our classrooms. We believe that increased engagement through a room transformation leads to more effective learning. The activities that we plan alongside the transformation allow our students to practice the five C’s.
Motor and Movement (M&M) TimeREFI Grant Sheri Loomis and Kristyn Gould- Elkton Elementary School Abstract: Each year more children enter school lacking readiness skills. They are overly active, sensory seeking, and lack motor abilities. Our goal is to develop a creative solution through Motor & Movement (M&M) time. We will provide engaging, kinesthetic, learning activities that promote basic skill acquisition while simultaneously strengthen coordination. Building a Zoo: Establishing a Community of Learners from the Ground UpREFI Grant Lauren Shifflett- Elkton Elementary School Abstract:“Building a Zoo” is a simulation that creates a learning environment where students collaborate together to build a zoo from the ground up. Students will be active employees helping to plan and construct a zoo, while simultaneously learning to budget and collaborate as a collective body of consumers and producers.
Wonder League Robotics Competition with Dash and Dot Union Bank and Trust Grant Linda Doherty- Elkton and River Bend Elementary Schools Abstract: Two schools in eastern Rockingham County need Dash and Dot robots for Wonder League Robotics Competition. Using Dash and Dot robots, 5th grade Challenge students are competing in the age 9-11 division. With fourth grade groups larger than the current fifth grade, we need more robots to continue next year.
To the Planetarium...and Beyond!REFI Grant Linda Doherty- Elkton and River Bend Elementary Schools Abstract: Students in grades 1-5 will attend presentations at the John C. Wells Planetarium. There is a different program for each grade to support grade-level curriculum.Students stay on campus for an additional STEM-related activity; providing the opportunity for students to see more of the college campus.
Cardinal Corn HoleREFI Grant Anita Ritchie- Fulks Run Elementary School Abstract: Student interest groups are hands-on groups where students are engaged and excited to learn more about their individual interests. Students who choose to join the corn hole group will collaborate, communicate and explore with peers in grades 3-5 as they play corn hole and build/design their own set of boards.
Active Bodies, Active BrainsTruck and Equipment Corp. Grant L. Wilhelm, C. Short, A. Flick, A. McBryde, A. Ritchie, C. Grim, J. Hess, and C. Schulte -Fulks Run Elementary School Abstract: Studies show that movement has a lasting impact on cognitive performance and exercising regularly can improve brain function for a lifetime. Sensory paths are an innovative, fun way for children to build connections in the brain. Students will utilize these paths for brain breaks that will improve critical thinking skills. Jumping Into Jazz REFI Grant J. Enke, A. Clemens, G. Conway, and K. Ernest - Fulks Run, John C. Myers, Lacey Springs, Mountain View, and Plains Elementary Schools Abstract: This multi-school grant introduces 5th grade students to the American form Jazz and will link other arts including jazz dance, art and literature. This author and musician grant will be partnered with other community groups through additional grants and partnerships to offer hands-on educational experiences into this African American genre.
Recyclable Tin Can Installation REFI Grant Courtney Spiers -John C. Myers Elementary School Abstract: Every student will paint a tin can that will become permanent totem pole like installation. Students will use multiple elements and principles of art to paint the tin cans. We will also discuss the importance of recyclable and public art. Thought Provoking Think AloudsREFI Grant Rachel Lemn, Beth Docev, Heidi Hutton, Kim Mizell, and Lauren Strawderman - John Wayland Elementary School Abstract: This grant would provide books to be used as think alouds to enhance children's understanding of literary comprehension strategies. The teacher will model how to think during each read aloud to build their communication and comprehension. Students of varying reading abilities would have common texts for discussion.
A Garden and a Library REFI Grant Carlene Lantz - Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." -Marcus Tullius Cicero. We want to grow our library garden, to nourish our school garden, with books that students and staff can use as a resource to research questions and prepare the produce for eating.
Creating a Reading Oasis in a Newbie's Classroom REFI Grant Carlene Lantz, Taylor Martin, and Sarina Dean - Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: With better choices in books, students will increase their reading. New teachers tend to start their classrooms with a reading desert. We will turn their book deserts into reading oases by the end of the year.
Making Sense of the World: An Autism Sensory Room Charlette McQuilkin Honor Grant Tammy May - Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: Students with autism have needs that cannot be met in the regular classroom. To connect to the world around them in a unique, hands on, and way offers autistic students calm and comfort for optimal learning experiences. A sensory room with specialty items affords students tactile, focused, and engaging experiences.
Making Moments Matter in a Mindfulness Room REFI Grant Tammy May- Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: Trauma, unresolved conflict, and anxiety can cause angst in children which correlates to a decrease in academic, social, and emotional growth. A Mindfulness Room is a safe zone where students can calm, refocus, and prepare to go back to learning in a positive, engaging way.
Set the Stage to Engage REFI Grant Jordan Meadows and Emily VanRokel - Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: Classroom transformations take student engagement to the next level. Themed transformation kits will contain all of the materials needed to revamp any classroom into a new learning space. Interactive and hands-on materials will deepen understanding of rigorous content being taught, while students are able to collaborate in memorable learning experiences.
“SNUGGLE UP” with a “SNOWY” TALEREFI Grant Michele Mumaw and Sherry Ryman- Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: Through a shared reading experience, a child and a parent/parents will read a book and come together to talk about it one or two evenings in small discussion groups. Along with the discussion of the book, the students will participate in activities that enhance the book.
"Don't Rain on Our Parade" of Characters REFI Grant Jessica Phillips, Amanda Siler, and Carlene Lantz - Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: Imagine designing and implementing your very own class parade! Students will collaborate to create a route for Ozobots to transport inflatable self-created book characters. Through reading and research students will learn about how parades have evolved over time. A class parade will be the final culminating event, rain or shine!
Quarters Create MemoriesREFI Grant Sherry Ryman and Michele Mumaw - Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: What could be better than a wagon rolling down the hall with books that provide adventure, laughter, and happiness accessible to all students to help them grow as readers. That is quite an investment and all for a quarter. It isn't much to us but to our students it's "priceless!"
The More You Grow, The More You KnowREFI Grant Phil Satolli- Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: "I don't want to wash my hands, basil makes them smell so good". This unexpected quote came from a first-grader after she picked fresh ingredients from our school garden to make homemade pizza for a fun, authentic math lesson. Expanding our garden will provide more students similar opportunities.
Hey Little Learner! Whatcha Got Cookin?REFI Grant Jennifer Swartzentruber- Lacey Springs Elementary School Abstract: A kitchen cart equipped with baking and cooking supplies is instrumental in helping students to be engaged, purposeful learners. All subject area lessons can be best achieved with cooking where collaboration, communication, and creativity are the focus. Vital information regarding healthy living and basic food preparation is also advantage.
Six Miles Apart, But Connected in our HeartsREFI Grant Jessica Phillips, Amanda Siler, Jen Dove, Hunter Messick, and Bobbie Arbogast,- Lacey Springs and Linville-Edom Elementary Schools Abstract: Making new friends is key in transitioning to middle school. Through this opportunity, two feeder elementary schools will collaborate together for cultural learning, STEM and socialization. Students will write letters and digitally connect with one another, making the "write" friends! Lasting relationships will be created through an authentic writing experience.
Creating with Clay REFI Grant Amelia Guido and Lynn Allen - Linville-Edom and Plains Elementary Schools Abstract: Creating with Clay will purchase ceramic materials for Pre-K-5th grade at two different schools, with a combined population of over 600 students. Using clay, creates a memorable hands-on experience that sparks creativity and builds upon confidence and exploration in the classroom.
Brain Bins for a Bright BeginningREFI Grant Kim Phillips and Brandi Breeden- McGaheysville Elementary School Abstract: Having freedom in how we start our day often helps to ensure a smoother day. Brain Bins allow students to have a choice over how they start their day while providing an enriching opportunity. These hands-on bins would encourage our students’ creativity and communication while they think critically to explore. Follow the "Green Valley Road" to Literacy REFI Grant 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.”
All Aboard the Reading ExpressREFI Grant Jo A. Enke - Mountain View Elementary School Abstract: Our school is presenting a concert based on the book "The Polar Express" that links the story by Chris Van Allsburg to musical performances thus encouraging students to read. This grant provides funding for winter themed books to be delivered and read-aloud to each classroom by the costumed characters.
Recipes and Measuring and Learning, Oh My!REFI Grant Autumn Pequignot, Katie Flanary, Lanna Higgs, and Kim Zigler- Mountain View Elementary School Abstract: Our classrooms are filled with multi-sensory, cross-curricular activities, essential to the success of our students. We use “Foodie Friday” cooking and hands-on lessons to teach real-life skills while also learning to follow directions, measure, read, write, sequence, and improve language development. We need baking ingredients for these unique experiences.
Ag-venture REFI Grant Autumn Pequignot - Mountain View Elementary School Abstract: “An industry that feeds you is an industry worth fighting for.” Local farmers, producers, agriculture enthusiasts, and educators collaborate in a curriculum-based hands-on opportunity. This event will educate us about how our food gets to the table. This project meets all division learning objectives (5 C’s).
Mystery Readers Sparking Excitement for Classroom Read-Alouds REFI Grant Michelle Hilbert - Ottobine Elementary School Abstract: There's someone coming to read, but no one knows who! A Mystery Reader may be a mom, dad, grandparent, bus driver, nurse, or community member that comes as a surprise reader to classrooms. Fueled by excitement and anticipation, students can't wait to see who comes though their door!
UPDATE to LEGO Robotics and Strategic GamesNielsen Builders, Inc. Grant Mike Wampole and Nikki Gardner - Peak View Elementary School Abstract: We are asking for a grant to keep our previous REFI programs current. We would like to add a few upgrade kits to our exsisting LEGO Robotic sets. The second update is to our Strategic Games program. We want to make class sets so everyone is playing the same game.
S'more Reading at the Green Valley Book FairREFI Grant Tara Cupp, Erica Guengerich, Samantha See, and Logan Stana - 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.
Pre-k Publishers: Connecting Writing and Reading to Facilitate a Love for Literacy Nancy Mast Honor Grant Amber Depoy and Marsha Hinkle- Plains Elementary School Abstract: Students will be provided with an opportunity to work together to create and write their own books. Not only will they be able to engage in the writing process but by publishing the books, students will be able to engage with others and enjoy the reading process at home.
Pre-K Coding: Keeping Students as Busy as a Bee!REFI Grant Amber Depoy and Marsha Hinkle- Plains Elementary School Abstract: Coding is an essential part of today's world and a necessary skill set. Through this project, our goal is to introduce students to the world of coding while reinforcing the skills we are focusing on in class as well as the 5 C's.
Around the World STEM AdventuresREFI Grant Wes Smith and Holly Balice - Plains Elementary School Abstract: At our school, many of the students will never have the chance to experience different cultures. We want to tie the main components of STEM while also giving students an opportunity to explore different cultures around the world. Many Ways to LearnDupont Community Credit Union Corporate Grant Logan Stana - Plains Elementary School Abstract: Adaptive materials will better meet individual needs of Pre-K-1 students. Some items will be used to strengthen fine motor skills and sensory items will be used to soothe students, including those with sensory seeking behaviors and those who need help regulating emotions.
Connecting Cultures! World Music Drumming in the Elementary School Classroom REFI Grant 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.
Feeding Our Minds and Cooking Up Fun!REFI Grant Karen Komara and Melissa Fox- Pleasant Valley Elementary School Abstract: I want to encourage and build students' excitement for healthy foods and encourage positive food relationships through harvesting, cooking and eating food. I would like to have a year filled with cooking, and food exploration while incorporating math and science.
Maker Space REFI Grant Karen Komara and Melissa Fox - Pleasant Valley Elementary School Abstract: The Maker Space Grant will give 5th-grade students an opportunity to express their creativity with art and STEM based projects. This unique opportunity will provide hands-on personalized experiences weekly in the classroom.
Movement RoomREFI Grant Michael Horst- River Bend Elementary School Abstract: Student breaks and playtime out of the classroom setting is traditionally given during recess time outside, but can be limited if weather is poor. The design of a movement room hopes to provide a space where teachers can take students to move, be creative, and play in a re-purposed classroom. Collaborating to Create Art within the School REFI Grant Kristen Jenkins and Kim Muraskin - River Bend Elementary School Abstract: The benefits of adolescents creating art are numerous, especially for students in at risk populations. To give students the opportunity to participate in meaningful art enriched activities, a Mural Club was created in part with after school clubs. This request is to expand the current program in place and make.
"Welcome to Our House!"REFI Grant Sharon Martz and Kim Muraskin - 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 learn to work together and give back to their local community. Just BreatheREFI Grant Sharon Martzand Kim Muraskin- River Bend Elementary School Abstract: There are times when each us may need to step away, take a breath, and regroup. It is a healthy way of dealing with the many demands of life. And, children are no exception. The Comfort Room allows students a place to feel safe and just breathe.
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!REFI Grant Caroline Caplen - South River Elementary School Abstract: As our students are falling more in love with musicals, we want to continue to support their passions. While we are able to reuse more materials every year, we still need small essentials like costume accessories and set materials to make a creative and cohesive world for our students onstage.
You've Got A Friend in ME!REFI Grant Jackie Dunsmore - South River Elementary School Abstract: Our school will organize and implement an in-school mentorship program for our at-risk students in grades 1-5. Identified students will be paired with volunteer staff members.Through a well-planned program , providing mentor guidelines and various activities, the goal is to support and encourage success in the classroom and beyond.
Educational Grants Funded for Collaborations with Elementary and Middle Schools
Full STEM ahead for multi-school collaborationA-Able Plumbing Grant Brian Lux, Tara Counts, and Todd Johnson - John Frank Hillyard Middle School, Ottobine and Plains Elementary Schools Abstract: In collaboration with local, regional, and national partners, this project will send students from two elementary schools and one middle school to the USA Science and Engineering Fair. Here, student participants will have an immersive learning experience that will provide a springboard to multi-school "big idea" collaboration following the event.
Learning Buddies REFI Grant Dana Shields, Elizabeth Herr, Erin Eye, and Tracy Mason - Wilber S. Pence Middle School and John Wayland Elementary School Abstract: Literacy, friendship and collaboration are created when three groups of sixth grade students pair with first graders to create Learning Buddies. Through cooking, STEM, storytelling and picture books, Learning Buddies get the opportunity to engage in a positive reading experience that will greatly enhance their own love of reading.
Educational Grants Funded for Middle Schools
A “Novel” Approach Toward Reluctant and Struggling Readers: Graphic "Novels”REFI Grant 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 help them become lifelong readers.
Middle School History & Language Arts: Merged in One ClassroomPepsi-Cola of Central VA Grant Louise Pierson- Elkton Middle School Abstract: Merging language arts and history can be achieved by integrating high interest nonfiction books into the curriculum. These materials will motivate students, build their vocabulary, and increase their background knowledge. These texts will enable peer teaching, collaboration, analysis of events, and the creation of student products.
Crackled Acrylic Nature PaintingsREFI Grant Tracy West- Elkton Middle School Abstract: Middle school art students will be given the opportunity of creating acrylic paintings on canvas that incorporates new painting techniques with gesso on canvas. The students will be able to study their environment and incorporate Science into this project.
Building Physical Literacy for All Students Through Social Inclusion and Peer Mentorship Montevideo Class of 1969 Honor Grant Madison Allen - Montevideo Middle School Abstract: The use of peer mentors in P.E. classes allows collaboration between students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers to develop competence and confidence across a variety of motor skills. The program simultaneously facilitates growth of the 5 C’s by utilizing class diversity to establish a compassionate environment.
Student KitchenRiddleberger Brothers, Inc. Grant Linda Dillashaw and Lindsay Cupp- Montevideo Middle School Abstract: The Student Kitchen is a collaborative project, which serves our faculty meals and treats, and is provided by both of our special education programs for students with intellectual disabilities and autism. This learning experience will aid in the development of our students' communication, functional, living, independent, social, and self-determination skills.
Diverse Books Diverse Readers: Empathy Building Through LiteratureCross Keys Mill Creek Ruritan Club Grant Leah Kirkpatrick and The Language Arts Department- Montevideo Middle School Abstract: This application seeks funding to purchase middle grade books representing diverse characters for Language Arts studies grades 6-8. The goal of purchasing these books is to encourage students to develop empathy for others differing from themselves, which is a school-wide emphasis. Empathy is key to successful communication, collaboration, and citizenship.
The Sotomayor SupremesMontevideo Class of 1969 Honor Grant Drew Miller and Teresa Childs- Montevideo Middle School Abstract: Latina girls are one of the most at-risk populations in the country. I would like to give my 8th grade Latina students perspective, encouragement, and hope by taking them to visit Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (after we have all read Sotomayor's young adult version of My Beloved World).
Food Fusion: Eating Like a ScientistKingmor Supply, Inc Grant Molly Highland and Tracy Rhodes - John Frank Hillyard Middle School Abstract: Food is a motivator for everyone, and we want to use it to motivate our most struggling students in our science/English fusion class! We want to engage students, practice basic skills, and spark an excitement for learning with edible lab ingredients!
Musical MindsetREFI Grant Tracy Rhodes and Kajsa Svarfvar- John Frank Hillyard Middle School Abstract: In an effort to better expand STEAM practices, students will follow lessons presented at the Get Your Teach On conference to compose content-based songs. Students will then create music videos to present these songs to classmates.
Going Green: Reduced Waste WednesdayMerck Grant Kajsa Svarfvar and Molly Highland - John Frank Hillyard Middle School Abstract: Our NJHS chapter is looking to expand its chapter service project to include a “Reduced Waste Wednesday” campaign. The campaign would include an educational aspect as well as an action aspect where recycling stations would be set up in the cafeteria to raise awareness about different forms of recycling and correct recycling.
Leading the World by GivingREFI Grant Bridgett Crawford- Wilber S. Pence Middle School Abstract: Embark in a yearlong journey of citizenship, community, collaboration, creativity, and love. Join NJHS as they design and create comfort toys for the animals at the SPCA. Students will see the value of volunteer time and provide healing to rebuild trust between animals and humans.
The Number Devil - Learning Across the Content AreasJohn H. Kidd Honor Grant Mallory Amos and Amy McAvoy- Wilber S. Pence Middle School Abstract: The Number Devil by Enzenberger - this best-seller tells of a boy who hates math but in a series of dreams, meets a Number Devil, who leads him to discover the wonderful world of numbers. By reading this appealing tale, students will discover the love of learning across content areas.
Wiggle While You Work: Increasing Engagement and Productivity Using Flexible Seating In A Fusion ClassroomREFI Grant Nicole Meredith and Kara Velez - Wilber S. Pence Middle School Abstract: Sometimes a little change can make a huge impact! Creating a more student-centered learning environment using flexible seating in our fusion classroom will encourage collaboration and provide opportunities for our students to be more productive. It will foster more student ownership and accountability and help them become leaders in learning.
MT4MB (Modern Tools for "Modern Band")Farmers & Merchants Bank Grant Kim Mumbauer and Melissa Harper- Wilber S. Pence Middle School Abstract: “Modern Band” is a program which teaches music concepts through “non-traditional” means and helps spread music to a diverse group of learners. This grant will provide for the purchase of “modern” instruments (keyboards, guitars, basses, etc.) to be used along with methods from this program.
Creating Enthusiasm with SnatomsInterChange Group, Inc. Grant Kelly Scott- Wilber S. Pence Middle School Abstract: Students struggle with complete understanding of the particles of physics during the bonding of atoms. Students need hands on activities to help model these concepts. We make models with various media, but Snatoms manipulatives have the capability to show atoms of specific elements and bonds in a collaborative way.
It's So Graphic! REFI Grant Dana Shields - Wilber S. Pence Middle School Abstract: Graphic novels are more than “BOOM!” and “POW!”. This genre can be JUST WHAT WE NEED to capture a student’s love of reading! As our classroom library grows and students create their own graphic novel in a Graphic Novel Club, we will hook even our most reluctant readers!
Brave New World: Engaging Readers Through Dystopian Novels George's Grant Ashley Sullivan and Ian Hoke- Wilber S. Pence Middle School Abstract: Engaging readers through longer texts in a classroom setting poses many challenges—from meeting diverse reading levels to catering to taste in books. By differentiating reading instruction through literature circles, we can meet students where they are, facilitate growth at all reading strengths, and hook readers through exciting Dystopian novels.
Reimagining The Giver REFI Grant Ashley Sullivan and Ian Hoke- Wilber S. Pence Middle School Abstract: Engaging readers through longer texts in a classroom setting poses many challenges—from meeting diverse reading levels to catering to taste in books. By differentiating reading instruction through literature circles, we can meet students where they are, facilitate growth at all reading strengths, and hook readers through exciting Dystopian novels.
Educational Grants Funded for High Schools
Coffee Cafe Collaboration StationREFI Grant Katie Cunningham - Broadway High School Abstract: Our Special Education Department is looking to start a High School Coffee Cart. The mobile cart will allow students to practice collaboration skills and build relationships throughout the building with adults and their peers. They will engage in real life financial skills including budgeting needs, management skills, and organizational strategies.
Cultivating Education: A Farm to School ProgramCarol Smith Fenn Honor Grant Janae Pettit- Broadway High School Abstract: Broadway Agriculture Education Department and FFA Chapter currently offer a Farm to School Day event a various elementary schools in the Broadway area. The goal is to increase agricultural awareness among students grades K-5. With this grant, our hope to improve our program to offer an invigorating and educational experience.
Second Constitutional ConventionREFI Grant Emily Whistleman- Broadway High School Abstract: The goal is to encourage students to think critically, find creative solutions, and become more engaged citizens through hosting a Second Constitutional Convention in US Government Honors and reading A More Perfect Constitution by Larry Sabato.
GEMs 5.0 (Girls' Empowerment Movement)REFI Grant Janeen Dofflemyer - East Rockingham High School Abstract: The purpose of this grant request is to seek financial assistance to provide goodie bags for a year long club to build self-esteem and provide coping mechanisms for at-risk 9th grade girls. A REFI grant has funded this successful program for the past 4 years. Full STEAM AheadBrant-Hill Family Fund Grant Amy Johnson - East Rockingham High School Abstract: With this grant, young adult novels will be purchased, so students can have a personal copy of a self-selected novel. After reading independently, students will participate in small-group discussions with their peers who are reading the same novel. Multiple copies of the same text are needed to create small groups.
Transforming the Reading CultureREFI Grant Jennifer Ryan and Emilie Siciliano- East Rockingham High School Abstract: With this grant, young adult novels will be purchased, so students can have a personal copy of a self-selected novel. After reading independently, students will participate in small-group discussions with their peers who are reading the same novel. Multiple copies of the same text are needed to create small groups.
Community Career BuildersCharlette McQuilkin Honor Grant Bethany Stabler- East Rockingham High School Abstract: I would like to introduce students in our Learning Strategies classes to careers, not just jobs. Through this grant, we will take field trips to visit companies to find out what they are looking for when they hire, to help our students gain skills needed to build careers locally.
Financial and Budgeting LiteracyREFI Grant Ryne Powell- Spotswood High School Abstract: My goal is to teach my students financial literacy and budgetings, but having them participate in a mock company. Students will get paid, have a weekly pay check, pay for specific requests in the room, rent their chair, and record all of their records in a check registry.
Educational Grants Funded for Technical Centers
“Much Ado” About Shakespeare REFI Grant Renee E. Evans - Rockingham Academy Abstract: Experiences in the arts provide students with the means to express emotions, to create, and make connections to greater global community. Students in our alternative education program need these opportunities. This grant can provide tickets for students to see a live Shakespeare play at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton.
Educational Grants Funded for RCPS Central Office
Raising the Roof in SongAppeal Production Grant Beth Harter- Central Office Abstract: The combined voices of 135 fifth grade singers representing every elementary school will be raised in song at the Elementary Festival Choir event on March 26, 2020 at Spotswood High School. Students rehearse and perform advanced music culminating with an evening concert open to our families, guests, and communities. Bringing Media Literacy Resources to RCPS Students Massanutten Resort Grant Sara Voigt- Central Office Abstract: As the digital media landscape has changed, it has become apparent that we need leveled digital resources for our students in RCPS. As an ITRT, there are many instances in which I (and the rest of my team) are asked for resources pertaining to digital literacy. Farmville Tour Guides: A Student-Led Field Experience in Civil Rights HistoryLD&B Insurance and Financial Services Grant Beau Dickenson and Owen Longacre - Central Office Abstract: The Farmville Tour Guides Project is an immersive learning experience that challenges students to research a chapter of Virginia's civil rights history in preparation for a student-led tour of Farmville, Virginia. This type of project-based learning challenges students to demonstrate all five of the 5 Cs of education.