Released by Lindale ISD
The ringing of cowbells, the tapping of drums and loud shouting in a school hallway would typically result in the offenders earning a swift trip to the principal’s office. However, no teachers complained when the sounds erupted at five Lindale ISD campuses Tuesday morning.
The hullabaloo was part of the Lindale ISD Education Foundation’s “Grant Patrol.” Foundation directors, district administrators, trustees and foundation donors visited the campuses to surprise teachers with the news they had received funding for an innovative project grant. The fanfare played by members of the Lindale High School band helped to announce the awarding of $40,266.08 for nine projects. It is the largest funding of projects provided by the Lindale ISD Education Foundation during one grant cycle.
“We received extremely well-written applications this year,” said Lindale ISD Education Foundation President Wayne Fletcher. “The grant review committee was challenged with the tough task of selecting the final grant recipients. The teachers of Lindale ISD have some extraordinary and enthusiastic ideas on ways to enhance learning for their students. We hope to increase the amount of funding we award next year.”
The Lindale ISD Education Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization that provides funds for classroom projects and programs not funded or under-funded by the district’s operating budget. The foundation is supported through the donations from individuals, businesses and corporations.
The Lindale ISD Education Foundation began awarding grants in November 2009. Since the first grant cycle, the foundation has awarded $145,737.24 to LISD classrooms for 47 projects.
Grant applications are submitted to the foundation by LISD teachers and aides for projects or programs that go above the day-to-day curriculum and offer students an enriched and unique learning experience. Projects selected for funding are rated on a number of criteria including the innovation of the project.
“District administrators and staff are very focused on moving LISD curriculum forward in conjunction with the advancements in technology,” Maya Bethany, Executive Director of the Lindale ISD Education Foundation, said. “Smartphones, tablets and notebooks are a reality for many young learners, but not all students have the means to access these devices.
The overwhelming majority of applications received this year focused on putting technology in the hands of as many students as possible. The foundation recognizes the costs of such an undertaking for the district and wanted to help to support the goals of teachers as much as possible.”
2013 projects receiving funds:
Carmen Snow, Sunny Murphy, Amy Thompson, Susan Little and Malinda Bass of E.J. Moss Intermediate School awarded $4,772.74 for their project Mighty Mobile Microscopes! This grant includes the use of ProScope mobile microscopes and iPads. Students will use the devices to examine elements of nature outside of the classroom, transforming the traditional science lab experiment with microscopes and slides. Students will be able to take photos and capture videos of plants, wildlife and microorganisms.
Cathy Hatoum and Marika Crosby of E.J. Moss Intermediate School awarded $4,291.76 for their project Take a Bite Out of Monotony. This project focuses on the use of iPads to enhance and duplicate lessons. iPad minis will be provided for sixth grade resource classes so higher-level learning can be obtained through the use of specific applications. In addition, special education students will use the iPad minis for repetitive instruction which can be accomplished through recorded lessons.
Carla White and Candy Hudspeth of College Street Elementary School awarded $3,468.00 for their project Close The Gap With An App. The goal of this project is to use iPads to enhance the education of elementary intervention students in grades 1-3 struggling with math and reading skills. Educational applications will be used on the iPads to help strengthen learning.
Mindy Meador, Debbie Wiggins, Heather Long and Lojuana Cooper of College Street and Velma Penny Elementary Schools awarded $8,896.00 for their project Oh, the Places You’ll Go! With iPads! Funding for this project provided in part by Target. These two grants will benefit the libraries at both Lindale elementary school campuses. A digital learning, multimedia center will be created in the campus libraries using the eBook and Audiobook platform on iPads. Educational applications will also help students improve fluency and comprehension.
Michelle Hukill and Kimberly Highnote of College Street and Velma Penny Elementary Schools awarded $4,780.00 for their project iTouch to Learn. Funding for this project will allow for the purchase of 10 iPads and the Tactus Therapy Language TherAppy 4 application bundle for reading, writing, comprehension and visual attention for resource students.
Renee Ramsey, Melanie McNiel, Kim Brody, Terri Dievendorf, Denise Fleming, Carol Hammons, Patti Spann and Denise Yeakley of Lindale High School awarded $5,000.00 for their project iBelieve I Can Learn. The project will allow Lindale High students access to iPads in the English classrooms. Lindale High School has a “bring your own device” policy that allows students to bring their tablets, notebooks or smartphones to schools. This grant will allow every student to be actively engaged in the learning process by providing iPads in the classroom for students without access to these devices.
Paula Sovia, Cindy Bryant, Katie Gilbert, Roxie Miles, Gail Stephenson and Jordan Wilbanks of Lindale Early Childhood Center awarded $4,057.58 for their project Tag! You’re It! The project utilizes the Leapfrog Tag School Reading System. This reading system includes popular children’s books that are specially created for use with a digital, pen-like device. With the device, children are able to listen to and learn to read along with audible downloaded texts. This will help to increase fluency and reading comprehension for pre-kindergarten learners.
All first and second grade teachers at College Street and Velma Penny Elementary Schools awarded $5,000.00 for their project Bring Learning to Life with Reading IStation. The computer-based program IStation delivers individualized reading instruction through an interactive format. Engaging, lively and animated activities captivate student interest, and motivate them to participate. Individualized lessons target the five major reading areas: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency. Reading IStation compiles data-rich reports for teachers to track student success on the programs continuous progress monitoring assessments.