REACH FOR THE STARS Grants Awarded

REACH FOR THE STARS Grants Awarded

06/11/2014

SPARKING INNOVATION GETS KIDS MOVING...
Research strongly supports that 85% of children are kinesthetic learners - they learn best when movement is involved and one teacher is passionate about doing something about that.

Ken Smith, Physical Education teacher at Horace Mann Middle School realizes that cuts in  time kids spend in his phy ed classes should not mean there are not other creative ways to keep kids moving and motivated. His grant proposal, "ACTIVE BODIES = ACTIVE BRAINS" intends to do that with 10 other core and special education teachers who are themselves motivated to learn more about creating a kinesthetic classroom environment. This REACH FOR THE STARS grant opportunity initailly provides books that will assist staff with classroom activity ideas and in August, funding of some very special "kinesthetic" equipment will be considered. HMMS Classrooms will be "sparking" models for other teachers and students - Active Bodies = Active Brains! Stay tuned...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLu-LXubz2s

Also at Horace Mann Middle School, 7th grade science teacher, Natalie Gajewski has not given up on securing enough Google Chromebooks for her students Renewable Energy Projects...10 devices were awarded in January 2014, but students were so limited in actual work time that Mrs. Gajewski circled back to ask for more and added to the phase 2 grant, her work as HMMS Staff Technology mentor. In addition to the Renewable Energy work students will be engaged in, staff benefits directly as her students navigate through all the possibilities and she learns with them - "Sparking Innovation for Student Success."

Wausau Area Montessori Charter School students - grades 4 - 6 - have embarked on a journey that will lead the way to the Montessori Model United Nations in New York in spring 2015. Principal and lead teacher, Michael Wridt is Reaching for the Stars with his students and if they meet their fundraising goals, a Reach for the Stars grant will be earmarked to see them cross the finish line. This is not just a field trip - it is staged to be an education opportunity that will have students advocating for "their" country, presenting, and learning hands on geography at the United Nations. One can anticipate commitment and lots of hard work by all involved to get there - and Reach for the Stars is committed to "sparking" this innovative journey.

 

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