Northampton Education Foundation approves 11 new small grants
NORTHAMPTON — A new film program for third-graders, an elementary school celebration of Asian arts and a new poet mentoring program for high school students are among the projects the Northampton Education Foundation has approved in its latest round of grant funding.
The nonprofit foundation has awarded $18,490 to 11 school projects in its spring small grants program. The projects, which were reviewed and approved by a grants committee, will take place at each of the city’s six public schools. The projects, and the amount of the grants, follow:
∎ “See Hear Feel Film,” a visual literacy program for third-graders at Bridge Street School, where students will watch films from different genres and write about them, $1,725.
∎ “Tools of the Mind,” an enrichment program at Bridge Street, where teachers will use dramatic play to help students learn self-regulation strategies, $1,288.
∎ “Professional Learning Community for Math” at Jackson Street School. The second year of the program will include ongoing professional development for math teachers, $2,000.
∎ “Celebration of Asian Arts,” a program at Jackson Street that will focus art, music and physical education classes on the theme of Asian arts, $2,000.
∎ “After School Buddies” at all four city elementary schools and JFK Middle School will train eighth graders to be buddies for groups of special needs students at the elementary schools, $2,000.
∎ “Family Math Nights” at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road school to support two family math nights in the fall of 2013, $1,850.
∎ “Responsive Classroom Train the Trainer,” at R.K. Finn Ryan Road School. The second year of the project will have teachers training their colleagues in Responsive Classroom techniques, $1,900.
∎ “Color Glass Fusing” at JFK. The second year of the program will introduce all seventh-graders to the history and art of glass fusing with visiting artists, $800.
∎ “Literacy Across the Curriculum” at JFK will create a user-friendly website for teachers, staff and parents about using literacy strategies in various core subjects, $2,000.
∎ “Computer Basics and Multi-Media Production” at Northampton High School will teach computer graphics, website design, blogs and online searching skills for students who will design and maintain the high school’s website, $1,478.
∎ “Poet Mentors” at NHS will bring three former NHS students who are now practicing poets to the high school to lead poetry workshops, $1,450.