The LEF Board of Directors is pleased to announce the awardees for our 2016/17 Regular Decision grants. These projects will be funded by LEF for the 2016/17 grant cycle benefitting our local schools. Read on for details on the grant initiatives for this year.
Tiffany Demarest, Steve Maroon (Montello)
Students will participate in an after-school enrichment opportunity where they will investigate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) topics through the Wonder Workshop. In the Wonder Workshop, students will engage in hands-on problem solving activities and will be introduced to coding and programming using Dash and Dot robots. This enrichment opportunity aligns to the goals of the Lewiston Education Fund by using innovative curriculum and technologies to provide engaging learning opportunities for students. Having a STEM enrichment focus not only enhances students’ math skills, but also provides an introduction to possible career paths in technology and engineering. This learning experience at Montello should be a great one for students and staff, alike!
Katrina Denis, Eric Bealieu, Kathy Jones, Elaine Gould (McMahon)
McMahon’s 4th grade studies the state of Maine all year include its’ geography, state symbols, government, and mammals. This grant aims to enhance what’s learned in the classrooms by providing several educational opportunities that are hands on and visual. The unique activities experienced on the trips will be some that the majority of students would not have had the benefit of experiencing otherwise.
Theresa Godfrey, Charryse Brooks, Joyce Usher, Julie Hambleton (McMahon)
Students will visit the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit at the Portland Science Center as a part of this grant. All of the students participating in this activity are English language learners with limited English proficiency. Additionally, all the students come from low income families and would not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in this experience outside of the school setting.
Katy Heermann (Longley)
Technology and a specific knowledge of how to use it is an ever-growing demand placed upon students. This grant provides keyboards for the students to use when they are using iPads. The benefits of teaching students to properly type on a real keyboard, rather than on the iPad screen will increase their abilities to type with speed and accuracy, but a true keyboard also allows students to increase their ability to edit and revise their work.