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Northampton Education Foundation awards $24,795 in small grants to city schools

A weeklong “Celebrate the World” unit at Bridge Street School, hands-on alternative energy activities at Northampton High School and another year of after-school flight classes at JFK Middle School are among the programs to earn grants from the nonprofit Northampton Education Foundation.

The 22-year-old foundation, which supports enrichment programs in city schools, recently announced $24,795 in grants to 15 applicants to its small grants program for the 2012 cycle. Grants were awarded to teacher-initiated proposals from all six city schools and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.

Among the programs receiving NEF small grants were “Non-fiction zone” for the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School school library ($2,000); “Student and faculty book/film club” now in its second year at Smith Voke ($1,000); “Jackson Street Extended Day Program” scholarships for students in grades K-5 ($2,000); “Centripetal Force Swing” building project in advanced physics classes at NHS ($590); “Inspiring and Creating Young Writers” project at Bridge Street ($1,988); JFK “Math Department Data Analysis” training teachers to use hand-held clicker and receiver technology ($2,000); “Math Inquiry Group” to help special education and Title I teachers at Jackson Street boost students’ mathematical reasoning skills.

Additional information on grant awards is available online at the Northampton Education Foundation’s website.

— BARBARA SOLOW

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