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:
$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
$5,698.70; Purchase of musical instruments (30 plastic ukuleles and 40 drums) and the World Music Drumming curriculum
$2,575; Ruling Our Experience (ROX), an evidence-based empowerment program for girls
$2,114.14; Purchase of 35 ukuleles, 60 carrying bags, other equipment, and Rainbow Ukulele curriculum
$1,400; Program participation costs to pair local students with students in Cameroon, promoting intercultural understanding and kindness among seventh-grade students
$1,300; Registration fees for a virtual conference for International Thespian Society (ITS) Troupe 3156
$995; Purchase of Generation Genius online curriculum which provides engaging videos, discussion questions, activities and assessments
$834.58; Hands-on learning materials and lessons for various reading levels
$750; Purchases related to Senior-Directed One Acts (SD1A), materials, licenses, royalty fees, scripts, etc.
$700; Materials to create a permanent outdoor art installation project called the KindnessKidness Rock Garden
$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.