Eleven proposals awarded 2020 Fall Grant from the Westerville Education Foundation

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A girls empowerment program, classroom sets of ukuleles, and a community-wide reading initiative focused on books about anti-racism are among the 11 proposals awarded a 2020 Fall Grant from the Westerville Education Foundation (WEF). 

The foundation notified the grant recipients last week. The grants, which total $24,667, support innovative and creative projects that enhance education for students in Westerville City Schools. In 2019, the WEF funded more than $46,000 in projects.

The WEF’s 2020 Fall Grant recipients include:

  • Brandi Young, Westerville South High School

$7,800; Purchase of books to support a multi-site initiative focused on anti-racism, combating anti-blackness, and interrogating how the history of racism affects every person in our country

  • Alexander Chapman, Pointview Elementary

$5,698.70; Purchase of musical instruments (30 plastic ukuleles and 40 drums) and the World Music Drumming curriculum

  • Alisha Porter, Robert Frost Elementary

$2,575; Ruling Our Experience (ROX), an evidence-based empowerment program for girls

  • Julie Porretta, Cherrington Elementary

$2,114.14; Purchase of 35 ukuleles, 60 carrying bags, other equipment, and Rainbow Ukulele curriculum

  • Juls Rathje, Genoa and Heritage middle schools

$1,400; Program participation costs to pair local students with students in Cameroon,  promoting intercultural understanding and kindness among seventh-grade students

  • Kim Mollohan, Westerville North High School 

$1,300; Registration fees for a virtual conference for International Thespian Society (ITS) Troupe 3156

  • Karol Hanley, Fouse Elementary

$995; Purchase of Generation Genius online curriculum which provides engaging videos, discussion questions, activities and assessments

  • Carol Louden, Natalie Hostetler, Amanda Matchack and Jude Strain, Mark Twain Elementary

$834.58; Hands-on learning materials and lessons for various reading levels

  • Christian Potter, Addie Schmitt and others, Westerville North High School

$750; Purchases related to Senior-Directed One Acts (SD1A), materials, licenses, royalty fees, scripts, etc. 

  • Jennifer Stoycheff, Annehurst Elementary

$700; Materials to create a permanent outdoor art installation project called the KindnessKidness Rock Garden

  • Jason Fullen, McVay Elementary

$500; Equipment and software purchases needed to create a student media team to engage students in the development and production of school-based media

To learn more about the Westerville Education Foundation, visit their website.