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Thirteen proposals awarded 2023 Fall Grant from the Westerville Education Foundation

Thirteen proposals awarded 2023 Fall Grant from the Westerville Education Foundation

A middle school poetry slam, a mock grocery store, and a community-wide event that celebrates African-American literature and student voices are among the nine proposals awarded a 2023 Fall Grant from the Westerville Education Foundation (WEF). Another four projects received four special WEF grants.

The nine grants that were fully awarded include:

  • Melia Stock, Kathy Kosinski, Krista Mathews and Laura Miller; Genoa Middle School
    • $500; Create a calming space in the school office that will be dedicated to student wellness.
  • Angie Heath, Gifted Ed Department
    • $612.16; Provide games for enrichment sessions with gifted students.
  • Bethany Hendricks, Minerva Park Middle School
    • $299.80; Provide yoga mats for a new school yoga club.
  • Cass Lawson, Best of Both Worlds
    • $1,653.99; Provide non-perishable food and racks for a mock grocery store to create a job training experience for students before they enter an authentic job coaching environment.
  • Hailee Cook, Minerva Park Middle School
    • $2,290; Provide resources and materials for building-wide poetry slam at Minerva Park as well as a district-wide event across all five middle schools.
  • Heather Sunday, Minerva France Elementary
    • $649.40; Provide materials and workbooks for new weekly after-school practice language sessions with English Learner (EL) students and families.
  • Jennifer Cole, Heritage Middle School
    • $400; Provide food associated with the countries and cultures sixth-grade students learn about in their social studies lessons.
  • Lee Rutherford, Blendon Middle School
    • $800; Supports the district’s annual African-American Read-In event.
  • Tina Shirey and Danielle Whitehead; Cherrington Elementary
    • $1,030.98; Provide learning resources to help EL students build and strengthen their language acquisition skills in the classroom.

The four projects received four special WEF grants include: 

  • Julie Koontz, Monica Thuman and Sarah Davis; Westerville City Schools’ preschool program
    • $1,011.86; Purchase alternative communication boards for the program’s outdoor and indoor spaces to support exploration and increased ease of access for students with severe speech/language impairments, lack of fine motor control and delays in motor planning. The proposal was fully funded by the Dr. George Tombaugh Fund, which was established in honor of the former Westerville City Schools superintendent as part of the WEF’s competitive grants program. It is dedicated to supporting innovative classroom and instructional initiatives submitted by WCSD educators.
  • Heather Scheurer, Mark Twain Elementary
    • $1,400 (partially funded); Create a sensory space at Mark Twain to help students of all ages and all cognitive abilities self-regulate. WEF awarded funding for the sensory equipment.
  • Two Golden Butterfly Campaigns, where community members can donate to help support the following projects: 
    • Deb Bergmann, Genoa Middle School
      • $3,642.65; Install a fossil garden at Genoa. 
    • Jennifer Hall, Robert Frost Elementary
      • $3,600; Provide art supplies and drums for Robert Frost’s second annual World Cultures Night where families and educators come together to share unique aspects of their culture with the greater school community.

As part of the Golden Butterfly campaign, WEF will help promote the project and provide opportunities for community members to donate on the group’s website. WEF will match up to $1,000 of funds raised. 

  • Blendon Middle School
  • Cherrington Elementary
  • Genoa Middle School
  • Heritage Middle School
  • Mark Twain Elementary
  • Minerva France Elementary
  • Minerva Park Middle School
  • Robert Frost Elementary
  • Westerville City Schools

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