Spring 2014 Mini-grants
Coopertown’s Truly Magic Garden
Students are excited about growing vegetables at Coopertown Elementary School – made possible by a grant from the Haverford Township School District Education Foundation. Coopertown School’s counselor, Marisa Woodworth was awarded a $1,000 mini-grant that allowed the school to bring an indoor, vertical gardening system into the lobby in March. The garden provides an opportunity for students to become aware of a unique method of food production and the benefits of healthy eating.
By operating on a timed grow light and water pump system, the hydroponic garden produces a bounty of fresh, high-quality produce, growing right before the students’ eyes! Currently kale, basil, sage, dill, chives, scallions, arugula, cilantro, spinach and variety of lettuces of other lettuces are growing at the school.
This project has increased students’ interest in eating healthy food and vegetables. As students watch delicious produce grow right inside their school, they gain a greater awareness of the elements of a healthy diet. The garden will continue to be incorporated into the learning environment by helping students identify the need for healthy food choices, the importance of eating “living food” to stay healthy and grow strong, and the global necessity to reduce the carbon footprint.
Lynnewood Begins New Project & Enhances Technology
The Lynnewood Elementary School has been awarded a $30,000 empowerment grants to increase the number of iPads available for student use and provide stimulating and educational after-school programming for almost all its 585 students and at no charge. After soliciting ideas from nearly every Lynnewood family and all Lynnewood teachers, the committee recognized most respondents focused on these two ways to improve school life.
“The Lynnewood community is absolutely thrilled to receive the $30,000 award from the Haverford Township Education Foundation,” principal Jillian McGilvery says. “Our students, teachers, and parents are excited about the incredible opportunities we will be able to offer thanks to this generous grant. Ninelty new iPads have been purchased and students will be using them in their classrooms every day!” Principal Jillian McGilvery says. “Six after school clubs started in April.” she added.
According to the winning application, the study of math, language arts, science, and social studies will be enhanced by the cutting-edge technology that iPads bring. The iPads will also by used by music, art and physical education teachers.
When all after-school clubs get underway the variety will include Learning Lab, Crafty Kids, Readers Theater Club, Coding Club, Get Movin’ (an exercise program), and Drama Club. Most importantly, “these after-school clubs will be offered at no charge so all students can participate regardless of a family’s financial situation,” the grant emphasized.
“Continuing learning past the 3:30 pm bell is a great opportunity for kids,” said John McCall, the empowerment grant committee chair, noting, “It has worked well at the middle school.”
They’ve Got Power!
Empowerment Grant Funds HHS Solar Power Project
Haverford High School’s first solar-energy learning project will shine thanks to a grant from the HTSD Education Foundation. This solar project will also generate kilowatts to offset a bit of the high school’s electrical costs. Reducing the school’s carbon footprint will become an important part of the science curriculum along with hands on scientific research into renewable energy. The $30,000 Empowerment Grant will cover the purchase and installation costs of two arrays of solar panels.
This learning project will be integrated in the science curriculum across all grade levels, says teacher Rebecca Mortland. A live readout, which can be viewed from any computer in the building, will give students real-time display of energy generated from the sun all day long. Almost every science class in the school’s curriculum from the ninth-grade introductory classes to environmental science classes and Advanced Placement Physics and Biology, will use the renewable energy project.
“The Empowerment Grant Committee members were thrilled to fund this innovative program that enhances science education and simultaneously helps to reduce the school’s environmental footprint,” John McCall, chair of the grant committee and HTSD Education Foundation board member, said. “The lessons learned have great potential for a longer-term environmental impact when our students graduate and eventually assume positions of responsibility.” When high school principal Jeff Nesbitt received information about the empowerment grant, he immediately shared it with staff. Several science teachers set to work to come up with an innovative idea. Simultaneously, some enterprising HHS students were making a case for a solar energy project. (In photo at right) Diego Fierros, Nicholas Lamprinakos, Megan Marshall, Owen Pollock and Jeremy Tomaszewski had prepared a Power Point presentation outlining why they felt their high school should consider solar power and shared it with parents’ group and the principal. Their goal, according to Fierros, was “to power the whole science wing” using solar energy. The plan includes placing two arrays of solar panels on the high school roof, explained Nesbitt, who would be very happy to have the panels installed and operating as soon as possible, but complete incorporation into the curriculum will probably begin in earnest come September.
Fall 2014 Mini-grants
iPads in the World Language Classroom at HMS added iPads and apps to world language classes.
Increasing Hydration and Reducing Waste – High School – Funding for the Interact and AWARE clubs to purchase and install a water bottle refilling station.
Wireless Presenters for Sixth Grade at HMS brought technology to allows teachers to move more freely about the classroom.
“Books: The Magic is Real” at Manoa provided an assembly program performed by magician Joe Romano promoting literacy by making it fun and interactive.
Don’t Scrub the Inquiry … just the Dishes! Funding to purchase and install a shared department dishwasher to safely clean scientific glassware and equipment used in science labs.
Growth of the Environmental Club – Manoa
Funding aided in the growth and development of the student-run environmental club.
The Little Listening Library at Manoa & Chatham Park for digital audiobooks.
Technology in the Mathematics Classroom at HMS bought 20 additional TI-34 Multi View calculators for use in 7th grade math classes as well as an iPad for classroom use.
Tools for A STEM Classroom at High School purchases tools required for real world projects in the new STEM class (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).
Update HMS Production Studio at HMS replaced failing and inadequate equipment currently in use to improve the quality of broadcasts.
3D Printing caem to HMS with the purchase of the first 3D printers in the district. Students will design small items that will be printed in a 3D format.
iPad in the Science Classroom provided additional iPads to allow students to engage in hands on activities such as Project Noah for cataloging and sharing data and images on ecosystems.
TI-Nspire and Enhancing Student Learning at HHS enabled the teachers of AP Calculus BC to purchase a set of TI-Nspire calculators.