New clubs to support student needs, school garden projects and an African-American Read-In are among the nine proposals awarded a 2021 Spring Grant from the Westerville Education Foundation (WEF).
The grants, which total $15,791, support innovative and creative projects that enhance education for students in Westerville City Schools. The WEF funded more than $24,000 in projects last fall.
WEF grants are supported by the foundation’s general grant fund, Alliance Data Card Services and the Dr. George Tombaugh Fund.
The WEF’s 2021 Spring Grant recipients include:
$550; Teaching students how to prepare simple, inexpensive home-cooked meals
$640; Post-COVID re-engagement for students and their families through learning various musical instruments and playing various family games
$736.10; Purchase of Global Games unit to provide year-long, cross-curricular learning opportunities through game play
$2,975; Provide bus transportation for students, particularly English Learners, who need the additional support that is provided by After School Homework Club
$1,595; Purchase of event tickets and access to BrainPOP to help teach social skills to students who have special needs and to help them earn their Student Engagement graduation seal
$5,000; Promoting the arts and showcasing productions that represent black/brown plays written by black women and feature a diverse cast. Costs include theatrical rights, production materials, and various technical support.
$3,000; Purchase materials to grow and maintain a school garden to help teach English language proficiency and science, particularly for English Learners
$795; Purchase materials to grow and maintain a school garden to help teach practical skills, and to encourage team building and inclusion, particularly for Emotional Disturbance (ED) students.
$500; Making literacy a significant part of Black History Month by building community, bringing awareness and understanding, and building conversation around diverse texts, especially African-American texts.