Current School Endowment Grants

Allis Elementary School, $1,116

Funds will be used in support of the Sports and Educational Advancement Club that meets twice a week during recess. Thirty-five to forty students participate, getting extra exercise in a highly structured and supportive setting. Students learn the fundamentals of different sports and play cooperative games in a non-threatening and non-competitive environment.

Black Hawk Middle School, $912

Funds will be used to continue development of the Positive Behavior Support system that includes opportunities to encourage student leadership, celebrations for students who meet attendance goals, and incentives for students who demonstrate C.A.R.E.S. (Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-control).

Chávez Elementary School, $962

Funds will be used toward the development of a library collection for each of the Specials classrooms:  Art, Music, Physical Education, REACH (Reinforcing and Enriching Achievement for All Children) program, and the Library Media Center.

Cherokee Middle School, $299

Funds will be used for 30 subscriptions to New York Times’ UpFront magazine for supplemental learning in social studies and language arts.

Cherokee Middle School, $323

Funds will be used for the Adapted Cooking Class for students with cognitive disabilities/autism.

Cherokee Middle School, $750

Funds will be used for the purchase of 50 student atlases to replace worn-out atlases which were acquired through a previous grant (not school funded).

Cherokee Middle School, $2,120

Funds will be used to purchase an interactive, on-line program to promote a growth mindset to 6th graders. Growth mindset instruction helps students to recognize that intelligence isn’t fixed and that the brain can grow and change with effort.

Crestwood Elementary School, $950

Funds will be used toward the purchase of Playaway Audiobooks, 2”x3” digital books on lanyards that students will use at home.  Students listen using ear buds while following along with the printed book.  Playaway engages early readers and stimulates thinking to help develop and sustain interest in literacy.

Crestwood Elementary School, $305

Funds will be used toward the purchase of the Print Path curriculum that complements the Mondo Literacy Program and provides consistent handwriting instruction utilizing sensory motor activities which are engaging and fun for kindergarteners and first graders. In addition to classroom teachers, the occupational therapist and Instructional Resource Teacher will utilize these materials.

Crestwood Elementary School, $166

Funds will be used for the purchase of social studies and science CDs that students will listen to independently during reading workshop to learn important information through non-fiction texts. Students will then work with their teachers in small groups to discuss and write and the texts.

East High School, $2,029

Funds will be used to enable the Engineering Club to conduct four career exploration and academic mentoring events for students at East’s three feeder middle schools. The content focus will be around academic preparedness and routes to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  The population focus will be students in groups traditionally underrepresented in advanced programming at East HS and in STEM career fields in the United States—African American and Latino/a students in particular.  The intent is to increase career path awareness and to get an early start on developing relationships conducive to persistence and attainment in advanced STEM.

East High School, $1,000

Funds will be used to form an Equity Leadership Council that will consist of a group of students brought together to discuss issues of equity.  They’ll develop leadership skills to help make the East High community a more inclusive place for all students and families.  Students will meet after school to plan, have trainings, and discussions.

East High School, $916

Funds will be used for the Aquaculture in Urban Agriculture project through which students will raise two types of fish (yellow perch and tilapia) in an indoor, classroom-sized system.  Aquaculture is used routinely in indoor, urban settings to raise two food products (fish and plants) in one small system.  The urban agriculture students will use the systems to become familiar with setting up, maintaining, raising, harvesting, and marketing fish and lettuce in an
aquaculture system.

East High School, $700

Funds will be used toward the purchase of an analytical balance to be used in AP Chemistry.  In order to do analytical experiments and obtain repeatable, precise, and accurate results; balances that read to 0.1 mg are needed.

East High School, $1,000

Funds will be used to establish the Purgolder Pride: Attendance Matters! initiative.  East’s Student Services Team in conjunction with the Positive Behavioral Interventions Supports team examined attendance data, looked at relevant research and practice and formed work groups to expand East’s Welcoming Culture.  This plan is a significant component of EHS’ School Improvement Plan – Climate Focus Area.

Elvehjem Elementary School, $461

Funds will be used to purchase an iPad for use with English Language Learners, enabling teachers to build on and access students’ background knowledge.  Plans include use of the application Educreation, which students use to create a presentation (on insects in the case of 2nd grade science) and present it to the class.

Elvehjem Elementary School, $300

Funds will be used toward the purchase of sensory break items, tools, games, and activities to promote social and emotional learning.  Tools such as stress balls and sensory toys are often used to help students physically calm themselves.  Funds will also be used to purchase board games and partner activities for use during supported learning time.

Falk Elementary School, $1,057

Funds will be used to make it possible for Falk Parent Liaison Deon Carruthers to bring the Simpson Street Free Press to Falk for an after school club once a week starting second semester.

Franklin Elementary School, $1,070

Funds will be used to purchase three iPads for use in the pilot 2nd grade classroom, helping reach the 2013-14 school year goal of a 1:1 iPad ratio for 2nd grade students.

Glendale Elementary School, $1,000

Funds will be used to provide teacher release time so that they can meet and create cohesive instructional goals with action plans that spell out how to achieve those goals.

Gompers Elementary School, $820

Funds will be used for the establishment of Gompers United, which will support school spirit and community building and will enable the purchase of t-shirts for all students in the school.  The shirts will be designed by 5th grade students via a drawing competition.  On assembly days, field trips, special events, and School Spirit Fridays all children will have their shirts to wear, building a cohesive school community with school spirit.

Hamiliton Middle School, $2,077

Funds will be used to create a classroom library for the new reading intervention classroom, serving students reading between two and five years below grade
level.  Students will be allowed to take the books home.  The books will offer age-appropriate content, and will grab interest with characters to which the students can relate.

Hawthorne Elementary School, $150

Funds will be used toward the 4th/5th grade musical production of The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.

Hawthorne Elementary School, $263

Funds will be used toward the purchase of toys for the dramatic play area in a 4K classroom.

Hawthorne Elementary School, $330

Funds will be used to purchase classroom subscriptions to two online programs.  The first, Raz-Kids, is an interactive site that has eBooks to help students increase access to materials that are appropriate for individualized reading levels.  The second site, Sokikom, is an interactive math site that teaches comprehensive math curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards through fun, interactive activities.

Hawthorne Elementary School, $250

Funds will enable a 4/5 class to perform at three local nursing homes on two separate occasions.  Students will learn songs to sing, learn a dance to perform, and will possibly learn magic tricks to perform.

Hawthorne Elementary School, $400

Funds will be used to enable all kindergartners to visit the Aldo Leopold Nature Center to participate in educational programs.

Hawthorne Elementary School, $262

Funds will be used to enable the librarian to purchase several saucer style chairs to add to the library.  These chairs will encourage students to read, as they typically like to find a cozy place to curl up with a good book.

Huegel Elementary School, $267

Funds will be used to enable 5th grade students to create a “Wax Museum” that features important historical figures.  Each student will choose a historical figure to read about and research.  Students will create and prepare speeches from the perspective of their figure, prepare a mural backdrop depicting the time period, and dress in costume.

Huegel Elementary School, $267

Funds will be used to establish an After School iPad class for students, beginning with K/1.  Students will be taught basic iPad safety and proper use and then the academic focus will align with language arts School Improvement Plan goals.  Time will also be spent focused on number development skills.  The apps the students will be exposed to will be interactive and involve problem solving skills as well as phonics instruction.  Students will be working on word building skills which will help them with decoding and reading.

Huegel Elementary School, $267

Funds will be used toward the establishment of the Huegel Family Book Club, designed to help bridge the gap between families and school.  It will encourage families to read a variety of book genres with their children.  Book Club will be held once a month from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  Students will attend with one family member to read and discuss a book together.  Pizza will be served, and families will be encouraged to bring other items to share.

Huegel Elementary School, $267

Funds will be used for the purchase of GAMEPLAN-Orff curriculum, a movement-based curriculum that provides developmentally-appropriate, hands-on lessons using classroom instruments and xylophones.  It also comes with templates for making manipulatives to use in music class.

Innovative and Alternative Education, $250

Funds will be used for the ROAD (Refocus On Achieving a Diploma) Giving Back to the Community project.  After completing a local social issues unit, ROAD students will identify community needs they want to address and will then develop a
service plan which they can execute in the community.

Innovative and Alternative Education, $600

Funds will be used for investments in tools, equipment, and workshops to sustain many of the core experiential learning activities such as camping, fishing, caving, gardening, and spoken word that help maintain AERO (Alternative Education Resource Options)student engagement.

Innovative and Alternative Education, $274

Funds will be used to provide scholarships to Innovative Alternative Education students who take the COMPASS exam to access Madison College courses upon graduation.  The cost of this exam is prohibitive for some students.  COMPASS Scholarships will be supervised by a guidance counselor.

Jefferson Middle School, $250

Funds will be used for the High Impact Literacy Project, targeting a small group of African American boys who show great potential but are not currently achieving to their capabilities.  The students will meet six times with a teacher to form relationships, pick books, and have group discussions.  Directly connected to the Jefferson School Improvement Plan goals, the project hopes to increase school connections and boost interest in literacy.

Jefferson Middle School, $450

Funds will help purchase sheep brains for dissection by all 188 8th grade students.  Cost for sheep brains have gone up 250 percent in four years.  This project truly connects active learning with abstract vocabulary and provides students with an incredible, hands-on, once-in-a-lifetime science experience.  During a three-day lab, students dissect, examine, and interpret the parts of a brain.

Jefferson Middle School, $250

Funds will be used to support Jefferson’s student-run school store and PBS incentives.  Proceeds from the school store are used to purchase the incentives, which are valued by and available for all students in the school.  Students and staff work together to set common expectations for learning, and behaviors that support learning.  Students are rewarded for modeling appropriate behaviors with Jaguar Pride tickets, which are included in drawings for
incentives.

Jefferson Middle School, $131

Funds will be used toward the purchase of an iPad that will be used to help band students increase learning, retention, and participation in conjunction with an interactive Promethean board.  Applications available on the iPad and manipulated on the interactive board will include ear training, listening and sound exploration, beat and rhythmic training, harmony, memory games for learning notes, instrument selection, music history and theory, displaying presentations, and recording and viewing performances.

Kennedy Elementary School, $432

Funds will be used toward the purchase of educational apps for 60 iPads.  To better utilize learning on the iPads, the iPad committee has identified and will purchase apps tailored to each grade-level’s learning.  With the purchase of these high-engaging and
high-learning apps, teachers will be able to better incorporate the iPads into their curricular blocks.

Kennedy Elementary School, $432

Funds will be used for the initiation of the World
Peace Game
(WPG) with 4/5 students.  WPG allows students to have an opportunity to train and encourages children to collaborate and problem-solve the same skills that they are going to need in adulthood.  By using appropriate structure and scaffolding, children can become familiar with what real-life situations (within the game) entail by having to work with others, consider other viewpoints, evaluate information, and experience how it feels to go through this process with or without success.

La Follette High School, $962

Funds will be used to establish an introductory guitar class, offering an access point to instrumental music currently unavailable to students.

Lake View Elementary School, $150

Funds will enable Bilingual Resource Teacher Nhabee Her to go to each classroom and read his book The Plain Stone Jars (written in both English and Hmong) and work with the teachers and students so that each student can make their own stone jar.

Lake View Elementary School, $100

Funds will be used to enable a visit from Artist-in-Residence Alex Singer, an African story teller and artist.  2nd and 3rd graders will make their own instruments (mbiras) during an African drumming unit.

Lake View Elementary School, $200

Funds will be used toward a 4th grade camping trip at Upham Woods to create environmental focused experiences and to deepen student understanding of Wisconsin’s natural land forms created from glaciers.

Lake View Elementary School, $100

Funds will be used to create a life size Japanese Zen garden to support calming and mindfulness trainings school wide.

Lake View Elementary School, $200

Funds will be used towards the Cave of the Mound trip to highlight Earth Materials Foss Science unit.  Students are able to experience a true geological environment.

Lake View Elementary School, $200

Funds will be used to increase access to hands-on activities in K and 1st grade classrooms to build hand muscles strength, pencil grip, developing fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.

Lapham Elementary School, $1,156

Funds will be used for the purchase of three iPads for classroom instruction, specifically to target interactive learning experiences.  Educreations will be leveraged as a recordable whiteboard to both motivate and engage students in high levels of academic rigor.  Students will be able to create their own interactive diagrams, explain math problem solving, record themselves reading, and share writing with one another.

Leopold Elementary School, $482

Funds will be used to host an Attendance Matters Breakfast for students with their adults.  The event will help make parents feel welcome in the school, enable them to get to know their child’s routine, and most importantly, help them fully understand the necessity of being present and on time to school.

Leopold Elementary School, $600

Funds will be used to purchase 14 Rogue baritone ukuleles to add to the 10 existing functional ukuleles, for use with all students in grades 2 through 5.

Lincoln Elementary School, $1,047

Funds will be used in support of the Outdoor Learning Laboratory.  The outdoor classroom will consist of the structure itself, seating, a stationary board to be used for collaborative learning, and a set of student learning tools that are specifically designated for the outdoor classroom.

Lindbergh Elementary School, $252

Funds will be used for the kindergarten field trip to the Children’s Museum that will give students the chance to tour a log cabin and view historic artifacts.

Lindbergh Elementary School, $300

Funds will be used for the 2nd grade field trip to Aldo Leopold Nature Center, which will enhance an insect unit.  The children will take a marsh walk and observe insects as well as attend a play.

Lindbergh Elementary School, $263

Funds will be used for the purchase of multiple copies of Teach Like a Champion that will increase staff ability to address student academic and behavioral issues.

Lowell Elementary School, $509

In order to increase student engagement, funds will be used to purchase materials such as noise canceling headphones to limit the amount of input that certain students experience.  Funds will also be used to acquire materials such as wiggle seats and small fidgets for students requiring more movement in the classroom.

Lowell Elementary School, $500

Funds will be used to enable staff to attend district created training modules designed to increase awareness and proactively support teachers and staff working with students who have experienced trauma.

Marquette Elementary School, $1,156

Funds will be used to purchase three iPads, for use in three classrooms.  Each classroom has a presentation station with a document camera and projector.  Pairing an iPad with this equipment enables class members to interact with the iPad app in turn and as a whole group.  The model classroom has found and shared apps that support math fact practice, vocabulary building, geography, and science.

Memorial High School, $912

Funds will be used to purchase guitars, guitar cases, strings, and guitar wall mounts in conjunction with the establishment of a guitar class.

Memorial High School, $255

Funds will be used for the purchase of graphic novels which will help to expand the offerings of the Art Department Graphic Novel Library.

Memorial High School, $1,800

Funds will be used to purchase two 3D printers and printing materials for use in the Science Department.

Mendota Elementary School, $250

Funds will be used for the purchase of a magnetic/dry erase easel for classroom instruction with whole group and small groups.

Mendota Elementary School, $856

Funds will be used to purchase an iPad students will begin to use to create iMovies for the Mendota News which will be shown to students during lunch and/or breakfast.

Mendota Elementary School, $250

Funds will be used to purchase materials to increase math center activities that align with the common core.  To be used for small group and individual student instruction.

Mendota Elementary School, $550

Funds will be used for the purchase of one iPad and iPad cover in order to increase small group technology use with special education students.

Mendota Elementary School, $125

Funds will be used to purchase individual student magnetic dry erase board for small group instruction use during WIN (What I Need) enrichment and intervention time.

Muir Elementary School, $200

Funds will be used in support of The Muir Boys Group, an after-school group that focuses on increasing student engagement, promotes making responsible decisions, controlling one’s emotions, and celebrating diversity.

Muir Elementary School, $260

Funds will be used to build butterfly boxes, following research of Wisconsin butterflies, identification, and habitat study.

Muir Elementary School, $200

Funds will be used toward the purchase of literacy and phonics games for the 2nd grade classrooms.  The games provide variety, social interaction and literacy education, and are easily differentiated.

Muir Elementary School, $275

Funds will be used to purchase creative, easy-to-learn, age- and developmentally appropriate math games for 2nd grade students.  The games will provide students with fun hands-on and non-traditional opportunities to practice standardized skills such as sequencing, addition and subtraction facts, place value, and strategizing, among others.

Muir Elementary School, $247

Funds will be used toward the purchase of science materials used in the study of insects and ecology and will be utilized in the Outdoor Classroom and at Owen Nature Conservancy.

Muir Elementary School, $200

Funds will be used for Artist-in-Residence Skip Jones, who will work with 3rd graders on singing, story-telling, and focused teaching that complement Second Step work and district Social Emotional Learning Standards.

Nuestro Mundo Community School, $792

Funds will be used in support of the Parent School Partnership (PSP) project.  This project aims to educate Spanish-speaking parents of their rights and responsibilities in advocating for their children’s educational needs.  The project takes place over four consecutive Saturdays during which the PSP curriculum is taught, various speakers, including school personnel, board members, and community leaders, describe their roles as resources to parents and field questions from parents.  In an effort to further enlighten Spanish-speaking parents of the opportunities that exist for their children in higher education, the Parent School Partnership training culminates with a field trip to a university.  We will be taking a school bus to UW Madison where parents and their children will go on a Spanish language tour of the campus, learn about financial aid options, and have lunch with bilingual university staff and students.

O’Keeffe Middle School, $1,766

Funds will be used toward Youth Frontier Day.  The entire 7th grade will participate in the day that builds character and which is an integral part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions Supports program.

Olson Elementary School, $111

Within the Common Core Standards there are several books that are recommended for teachers to use within the classroom, called exemplar texts.  These are texts that are deemed to be rich and complex.  Funds will be used toward the purchase of these texts and will be housed in an individual teacher’s classroom, but shared by other teachers at the grade level as well.

Olson Elementary School, $245

Funds will be used for the purchase of classroom or mentor texts which will be used to teach positive behavior.  Funds will also be used for awards for classrooms exhibiting positive behaviors such as Silent Hallway Awards and school-wide celebrations and assemblies around PBS themes such as unity and anti-bullying.

Olson Elementary School, $250

Funds will be used to support creative and innovative ways to improve school attendance.  Examples of school-wide incentives might be a healthy treat for 94%+ attendance and targeted family incentives might be certificates and recognition for Most Improved Families, including activities that further promote parent and child joint quality time.  Activities and events include museum tickets and movie certificates.

Orchard Ridge Elementary School, $635

Funds will be used toward an African American Integrated Arts Project based on a visit from Artist-in-Residence Teju Ologboni, a storyteller from the traditions of African storytelling.

Orchard Ridge Elementary School, $223

Funds will be used for the purchase of new and notable informational texts for the Library Media Center.  All of the books are critically acclaimed and derived from booklists from professional journals, and are national award winners.  The bibliography contains developmentally appropriate books that are engaging, well written, and can support students’ academic growth and learning.

Randall Elementary School, $1,070

Funds will be used to purchase a document camera and projector that will allow students to entertain and instruct their peers during the lunch hour.  This equipment will enable the showcasing of student videos, student work and performances, and an unlimited set of media in an environment that encourages student participation and positive risk-taking.

Sandburg Elementary School, $849

Funds will be used to expand one current functional soccer field to two or three.  This is in direct response to student and family interest and advocacy, and would serve all students during physical education classes, recesses, and the MSCR after-school Culturally and Linguistically Responsive program, as well as the community during non-school hours.  Staff members have been involved with MSCR soccer, which is very popular, but limited by space for available fields.  Recesses are full of students playing soccer, but with 30-40 students on the field at a time, students get few touches, and don’t have the opportunity to learn the essential
skills of the game.

Schenk Elementary School, $808

Funds will be used in support of continuing work around the social and emotional needs of students and Positive Behavioral Interventions Support efforts.  The funds will be used to purchase materials for school wide acknowledgements and celebrations to reinforce the meeting of student expectations.  The funds will also be used to support students and teachers in using technology to create student videos.

Schenk Elementary School, $500

Funds will be used to further the development of the school and community garden and outdoor classroom.  The funds will be used to purchase composting bins, materials for trellises, tools, and seeds/plants.

Sennett Middle School, $1,423

Funds will be used to enable the updating of microscopes.  The microscopes will be utilized as a means of enhancing Sennett’s collaborative relationship with their Adopt-a-School partner, DuPont Nutrition & Health.  The grant will enable Sennett to have the necessary resources to design innovative lessons that can be inclusive of the scientific minds at DuPont.

Shabazz City High School, $450

Funds will be used by the Service Learning Class in order to research and design promotional materials for Shabazz.

Shabazz City High School, $750

Funds will be used for Learning the Shabazz Way: Integrating new students into the community through food preparation.  New students plan and prepare a community meal as they practice service learning.

Shabazz City High School, $445

Funds will be used for the Coming of Age Retreat which will provide graduating students with a rite of passage into adulthood.  Students take part in a weekend
retreat consisting of two overnights, a sweat-lodge, a solo, and a physical trial.

Shabazz City High School, $225

Funds will be used for building community through student led activities.  Students host community events and provide food and entertainment for the Shabazz community with the goal of increasing community activism.

Shabazz City High School, $500

Funds will be used toward the creation of an outdoor meeting and learning space.

Shabazz City High School, $500

Funds will be used for the Young Playwrights project, through which Madison Children’s Theatre and Shabazz team up to write plays.  Plays are submitted to a competition to be performed at the Overture Center.

Shabazz City High School, $500

Funds will be used for the Summer Science Program that enables students to conduct outdoor ecological work and learn important science concepts.

Sherman Middle School, $710

Funds will be used for the CHOW (Cooking Healthy Options in Wisconsin) Program, designed to get students thinking about what they put in their bodies and where
food comes from.

Sherman Middle School, $1,000

Funds will be used toward the SOARS (Support Others & Act Responsibly) program to teach and engage students about the importance of citizenship and address the issue of bullying.

Shorewood Elementary School, $1,828

The grant will be used to purchase iPads and protective cases.  The iPads will allow teachers to expose students to resources from different cultures and at different levels of complexity.  Students will be able to use the iPads to acquire background information and to communicate information and ideas in a variety of different ways.

Spring Harbor Middle School, $300

Funds will be used in support of T.E.A.M (Together Everyone Achieves More), a school service club.  The club researches different social justice topics and volunteer at non-profit organizations related to the monthly topic selected.

Spring Harbor Middle School, $1,400

Funds will be used to purchase technology necessary to support the teaching of spoken word in language arts class, drama class, and an after-school club.

Spring Harbor Middle School, $1,000

Funds will be used to enable the library media specialist to enhance the use of technology in the library while also helping to provide teachers with support in using technology to innovate instructional practices.

Spring Harbor Middle School, $1,351

Funds will be used to enhance the outdoor classroom.  Students will be help to build a permanent pergola structure and permanent benches to host classes outside.

Stephens Elementary School, $1,311

Funds will be used to host a Family Wellness Night in conjunction with the Movin’ Minds wellness program that provides daily movement and/or relaxation exercises to the entire school.

Thoreau Elementary School, $500

Funds will be used toward the creation of a 3rd grade Listening Center to increase independent study during the daily language block, using the Daily Five reading program.  The listening center will use high-quality, high-interest audio books to engage students in listening, in solo and group independent study.  Daily listening is a key practice to improve students’ reading fluency, enhanced by this use of technology.

Thoreau Elementary School, $500

Funds will be used toward the creation of a 4th grade Listening Center to increase independent study during the daily language block, using the Daily Five reading program.

Thoreau Elementary School, $800

Funds will be used to hold a series of events to celebrate Earth Day throughout the month of April.  The offerings include Environmental Options Day, which engages a community of teachers, staff, parents, and volunteers and professional staff from community nature centers to bring forty creative hands-on projects to the whole student body across a school day.  The students are engaged throughout the month with a variety of contests and challenges on the Earth Month theme.  In addition, professional staff from nature centers and organizations will bring novel programming to the school over the course of the month.

Thoreau Elementary School, $100

Funds will be used toward a 3rd grade Terrace Town project, a biennial program hosted at Monona Terrace that engages students in themes of architecture, Madison history, urban planning, sustainable communities, goods and services, public and private sectors and the ways people interact with their physical environment.  After study of the aforementioned topics, students use their creativity to collaborate in the construction of a town that is brought together at Monona Terrace with the projects from other participating schools.

Thoreau Elementary School, $300

Funds will be used toward I Am, a social and self-esteem building program for 3rd and 4th grade girls.  In monthly meetings, 5th grade girls returning from last year’s program will serve as group leaders, helping the students participate in community service projects that require creative thinking and promote self-esteem.

Thoreau Elementary School, $942

Funds will be used for a tablet-based technology program to promote several kindergarten programs, including handwriting; writing, illustrating, and recording narration of stories; recording a reading log; reading to a peer or adult; and creating a personalized virtual bookshelf.

Toki Middle School, $250

Funds will enable a visit from Artist-in-Residence Elmore Lawson who will introduce the Djembe drum and other percussions and encourage students to explore the sounds they can make with the different instruments.  Ms. Lawson teaches the basics of drumming and how to participate in a drum circle, including rhythms, chants, call and response and solo phrases.  The class will then explore playing together and individual expression.  The focus is on how to work as a group and listen to each other to create music in the circle.  Students will work on improvisational exercises to tap into a non-critical and non-judgmental way of really listening.  They will use this playful, expressive and energetic environment to collaborate to create music as a community.

Toki Middle School, $751

Funds will be used to purchase materials to enable the addition of an outdoor kitchen space in the developing school garden.  This would be for all Toki teachers and students to use, as they teach about health, nutrition, and social change.

Van Hise Elementary School, $781

Funds will be used toward the design of an international garden that will help to represent, celebrate and reflect on the multiculturalism and diversity of the
school.  Plants and architectural features will help to emphasize cultural uniqueness and varieties that co-exist at the school.  The garden will be a place for students, teachers and community members to enjoy, learn and reflect upon the peaceful cultural variety by observing the varieties of plants and architectural features of the garden.  The international garden will also be a comforting place for the many English language learners at Van Hise Elementary.

West High School, $1,000

Funds will be used in support of the ProStart Coffee Cart, an apprentice program that combines team learning and development with a project that can provide real-world benefits to the ProStart Culinary Program and special needs students.  Students learn to run a mini mobile coffee business selling coffee and healthy snacks to staff and students at West High School.

West High School, $638

Funds will be used to sponsor several students to attend the annual Teen Summit on Dating and Sexual Violence.  Funds will also be used in support of the Men’s Club, Women’s Club and Black Student Union effort to bring attention to issues that all adolescents need to be aware of in order to have healthy relationships and to avoid harmful behavior.

West High School, $100

Funds will be used in support of the fruit tree orchard Biology II students have planted and cared for on the school grounds.  This project supports their in-class learning with a real world experience.  A long-term goal of the project is to be able to supply healthy locally grown fruit to the students of West, particularly those who may not have access to fresh fruit on a regular basis.  The funds will pay for the supplies needed to maintain the trees, as well as to create signage to help educate students about the fruit trees.

Wright Middle School, $956

Funds will be used to enable the 8th grade students currently researching topics on the Holocaust, including concentration camps, where the Jewish people settled after the war, the SS and Gestapo, Hitler’s role and the Jewish faith to visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum and participate in the In Our Voices exhibit.  The tour covers and adheres to the Common Core State Standards.  This experience will be challenging for our students academically and emotionally.