West Irondequoit Foundation awards four grants

West Irondequoit Foundation awards 4 grants to District
Posted on 05/13/2019
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The West Irondequoit Foundation, the non-profit organization that benefits West Irondequoit Schools, has announced four grants it will fund for the 2019-20 school year.

All grants must be initiated by teachers or staff. Applications are submitted, reviewed and the Foundation Board of Directors votes annually on which to approve. This year’s total grant donation is $10,358, increasing the 30-year figure given by the Foundation to the District in excess of $933,600. Established in 1987 to receive gifts/donations to enhance educational opportunities, the Foundation raises money to underwrite grants for innovative projects, equipment and pilot programs at West Irondequoit that cannot be supported by the District’s annual operating budget. The grants are:

iPads to Enrich Learning: The eight devices will help third-grade teachers at Seneca School better assist English Language Learners. iPads are ideal because as standards change, so can the wide array of apps and programs that enhance learning. Grant authors: Christy Grieco, Akira Stata and Amanda Tomchesson.

Q-Interactive: This comprehensive digital system can administer, score and record psychological student assessments that are traditionally done manually. The system improves administrative accuracy and speed, helping determine if immediate or future sub-testing is needed. It also reduces time away from the classroom for students. This would impact approximately 50 students in grades 4-8.
Grant authors: Celina Cohen, Kathy Jensen and Kristen Belknap.

The Breakfast Club: Counselors at Dake Junior High (grades 7-8) will start a club that meets weekly at 7 a.m. The intent is to target select students in order to foster a readiness to learn and create a sense of belonging as well as a stronger connection to the Dake community. The goal is to improve academic achievement. Grant
authors: Colleen Graham, Courtney Hathaway, Jessica Hess and Nicole Williams.

Micro:bits to teach coding skills: Micro:bits, which are tiny programmable computers, can create and code numerous products, from robots to musical instruments. The grant is for starter kits to help junior-high students learn the critical skill of coding and computational thinking in a maker space environment. The kits include online support from scientists, engineers and mathematicians. Grant author: Anna Bayerl.

For more information, contact the West Irondequoit Director of Public Information and liaison to the Foundation at jeffrey_diveronica@westiron.monroe.edu.