We received the following press release from Lowell Education Foundation.
Lowell Education Foundation (LEF) is proud to assist teachers across the Lowell Area Schools (LAS) district who seek creative and innovative ideas to help their students be successful. This past October we met to review $55,000 worth of grant requests from LAS teachers and support staff. We are proud to have granted over $27,000 worth of the requests, thanks, in part, to the generosity of our donors.
Grants approved in October included: Ninja Wall Challenge Course for Alto Elementary, Makey Makey-An Invention Kit for Everyone, and Make It Take IT Math Workshops that will help with Math interventions at all LAS elementary schools.
Carmen Tawney is the elementary math coordinator who is working with teachers across the district to develop enrichment activities to support the math curriculum. “These activities are all hands on and require a variety of manipulatives and organizational storage for student use,” says Tawney. These kits will provide students across the district with the opportunity to be working independently.
The money distributed this year is the largest amount in the foundation’s history granted to enhance innovative learning for students in the district. “Reviewing grant requests is never an easy task and this year was no exception. The work our district teachers are doing to encourage learning is evident in each request. We’re proud to help teachers enhance the learning experience for all students.” says Shelly MacNaughton, LEF Chair.
Funding for grants each year is established through the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, as well as private donations. Those who would like to donate to LEF can set up a monthly contribution or a one-time gift by following this link.