• Prize Patrol Hands Out 23 Creativity Grants

    Creativity Grant

    The District 50 Education Foundation Prize Patrol was back at it this week and students and teachers are better off because of it.

    Accompanied by Westminster Education Association President Rosie Jaramillo and Foundation board members Anita Roberts and Kendra Robinette, Executive Director Christy Dodd visited 14 schools Monday to hand out their annual creativity grants to teachers who are looking into innovative ways to teach children. Superintendent Pamela Swanson joined Dodd on her stop at Hodgkins Elementary.

    The grants are presented every fall to teachers who have submitted detailed proposals about how they would use the money to enable students to learn in unique, creative ways. The most important criteria in selecting programs is to support programs that will have a direct impact on student achievement.

    Among the grants, a reading program for Kindergarten students at Hodgkins Elementary was awarded.

    “I really think these books have a great impact on our learners,” said Julie Zimmerman, a Title One Assistant who has received the creativity grant for three consecutive years.

    With the grant money, Zimmerman prints 41 E-Books for 102 kindergarten students that connect with learning targets being used by teachers. The students read the books in class and are encouraged to take them home and read with parents as well. The books are also translated for Spanish language readers.

    Staff at Hodgkins is very supportive of her efforts. “This year I am getting ideas from the teachers on book subjects that we do not have,” she added.

    In addition to Creativity Grants, the Education Foundation also provides services and scholarships to deserving students in District 50.

    On Friday, November 8, the Foundation is hosting its annual “Connecting Hearts Giving Hope” Silent Auction at the Perl Mack Community Center at 7125 Mariposa Street. Tickets are $25.

    You can see the entire list of creativity grant winners here.

    Posted October 17, 2013