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Education Foundation hands out $23,000 in Teacher Mini-Grants

SoVaNow.com / October 12, 2017
Eighty-nine projects were chosen Wednesday to receive a sum total of $23,019.09 during the annual Teacher Mini-Grant reception held in the Leggett Auditorium of Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital.

The mini-grants will enable 153 teachers to carry out educational projects at all seven county elementary schools, the middle school and high school as well as the two Early Learning Centers at Cluster Springs and South Boston.

The mini-grant awards, which vary in amounts from $30 to $400, were provided by the Halifax County Public Schools Education Foundation, headed by Larry Clark.

This is the tenth year that the Foundation has awarded special grants to classroom teachers with contributions totaling over $154,721.32 over the ten-year period.

The successful recipients of funding came from a pool of 166 applicants who competed for the money.

Clark stressed that the “Foundation is pleased to celebrate this program to fund ‘innovative and creative’ projects.

He expressed his thanks to the generosity of the donors who make the program a success. Clark said the program was started by John Cannon years ago — Cannon also is the leading donor of this year’s funding —followed by the second largest donor, the Heritage Festival Group represented by Butch Blanks and H&M Logging and KeJaeh Enterprises, the family businesses which make large donations each year.

Other major donors include the Halifax County Veterinarian Center, the Mattioli Foundation, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, which also sponsors the annual banquet in addition to its monetary donation.

These grants, Clark pointed out, are “the products of your imagination” which have enabled students to do things they would never have been able to do or have experiences they might never have had it not been for the support of the donors.

Superintendent of Schools Mark Lineburg thanked the Foundation for its generosity, noting that few other school systems have any such programs.

“We are extremely fortunate to have the Foundation,” said Lineburg, who added that as he walks through the schools and its classrooms, he sees “the magic” of education happening every day.

Praising Clark, Lineburg observed that the Foundation chairman has dedicated his life to the education of county students, and after 40 years as a teacher, principal and school administrator, continues to give of his time to education.

Clays Mill Elementary received five grants for Hot Dots Interactive Learning, Literacy Stations for Little Learners, Mysteries, Math and Reading, Sand in Motion and Spot the Errors.

Cluster Springs Elementary received grants for 12 projects including

A Book in the Hand, Drums Alive, Game On, Hopping Through Math, Game On, Hopping Through Reading, Have You Filled A Bucket Today, How Big Are You?, Lion King, Jr., Passionate About Passing, Rolling the Dice, Super Senses, Waiting for Wings, and You Are What You Eat.

Meadville Elementary received ten grants for Elvis Has Left the Building, Hakuna Matatal, Hear With Me, I Believe, Jamestown Outreach, Life on the Farm Discovery Program, Ready for Red Hill, Smashing Pumpkins, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Performance and What’s the Best Strategy? Problem Solving Centers.

Five grants were rewarded to Scottsburg Elementary for Cultures at Jamestown, Get Electrified!, Let’s Read & Comprehend!, Read Along Listening Center and Simple Machines.

Sinai Elementary received funding for 12 projects including Be A Buddy, Not A Bully, Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Breakfast Book Club, Danville Science Museum Outreach Program, F.U.N. with Open Number Lines, Growing for the Future, Learning Math Through Games, Lion King Jr.! Hear Me Roar!, Shining Bright at Sinai, The Lion King, Virginia Classroom Outreach-Jamestown/Yorktown Foundation and Visual Recipe Cooking.

Twelve projects were funded at South Boston Elementary School including A Need for Numbers, Bugging into Science, Eggs’travagant Learning Eggs’perience; Life in Jamestown-A Jamestown Outreach Program, Lion King at The Prizery, Round the Note Names, Science Lab, Spotlight on Patrick Henry, Voice of the American Revolution, The Best Christmas Pageant at The Prizery, We’re all A- Flutter in Kindergarten! What’s for Dinner? and Wonder Books for Wonderful 5th Graders.

Sydnor Jennings Elementary got eight grants including those for Build it Better, Exploring the Revolutionary Era, How Did You Solve it? Math Activity cards, Math Manipulatives for Minis, Reach Out And Read Books, Ready to Write Prompt Boxes, We Are Growing? and Word Walks.

Cluster Springs Early Learning Center received funding for Old MacDonald’s One, Two, Three and South Boston Early Learning got four grants for Adaptive Art Supplies for Early Learners, Casey’s Laugh and Learn; Where Science Meets Storytelling, Pig Out on Reading and We Like to Move It, Move It!

Fourteen grants were awarded to Halifax County Middle School including those for Awesome Aquaponics, Community Awareness and Real Life Life Applications for Students with Disabilities, Crossing of the Dan Commemoration 2017-18, Experimenting with Force and Motion and Electromagnetism, Investigating Food Chains with Owl Pellets, Kidz Labs-Magnetic Force, Lego Boost, Let Them Read, Marvelous Marine Animals, Physical Science 7 Experiment Kits, Physical Science 7- Experiment Kits, Physical Science 7, Experiment Kits in Sound, Gravity, Light & Optics, Sharper Learning, and Time Travel to the Triassic with Triops.

Halifax County High School and STEM Center received funding for six projects which include Cornhole Mania, Mandalas: Art and Math Create Beauty, The Bee Hive Project, The Bluford Series: A Reading/Analysis Workshop, The Hallowed Hall of STEM: Elementary Meet High School for a Chilling Experience and United States Map and Virginia Regional Map Project.

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