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January 20, 2010 > More teacher grants

More teacher grants

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Thanks to the generosity of a current Board of Education member, a past Board member and a local business, the New Haven Schools Foundation recently presented four more New Haven Unified School District teachers with 'Innovations in Education' classroom grants, for special projects that promote learning.

Board member Kevin Harper, who has independently funded projects in each of the five years since the Foundation began the classroom grant program, gave $500 to Alvarado Middle School teacher Karen Stock to purchase educational software. The software will be used in a Resource Support Program (RSP) 'mini-lab,' to help students improve their math, writing and study skills.

Former Board member Cathie Kelly and her family gave $300 each to Hillview Crest Elementary teacher Nicole Lieu and James Logan High School teacher Tina Bobadilla-Mastel, to purchase 'flip' video cameras for classroom projects. The money comes from the Brian Kelly Memorial, a fund established after the death of Mrs. Kelly's son, a Logan graduate, while he was in college. It is the second successive year that the Kelly fund has been used to grant an 'Innovations in Education' request.

Tri-CED Community Recycling, which funded one of 13 grants that the Foundation awarded in December, gave $400 to Searles Elementary teacher Annette Iwamoto to purchase computer flash drives for her project, 'Building Academic Confidence Through Technology.'

The Foundation received applications this year for 38 projects representing the efforts of 51 teachers, from kindergarten through high school. Teachers could apply for up to $500 per project. In addition, the District's Health Education and Resource Team (HEART) accepted applications for $200 grants, for projects promoting a healthy lifestyle.

With today's awards, 17 of the 38 project proposals have been funded, for a total of more than $7,000.

Since the program was started during the 2005-06 school year, a total of 82 New Haven teachers have received more than $30,500 for projects that directly impact instruction.

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