The Woodward Education Foundation presented 15 teacher and staff development grants worth $10,630.48 Wednesday to teachers and staff from all the elementaries, the Middle School South and Woodward High School. Foundation President Bruce Benbrook, vice-president Ingrid Meinders and member Leah Barby represented the foundation, while superintendent Bill Denton and school board member Linda Harrison represented the school board.

The Education Foundation, according to members, was started in 1989.

“Over the past 17 years, a little over $200,000 has been invested back into our teachers, staff and students,” said Benbrook. “Over 350 staff development and teacher grants have been awarded.”

Brandee Brittain at Westwood received a “Traveling Around The Town” grant for $401.35 which will be used for classroom projects.

Marsha Hoock at Westwood was awarded a “Happily Ever After” grant for $231.78 which will be used to buy puppets, a puppet theatre and various games and toys for a castle which is used in her classroom.

A joint grant entitled “Radical Radio Readers” was awarded to four different teachers in the media centers of Horace Mann, Cedar Heights, Highland Park and Westwood. This grant, which was for a total of $1,678.03, will be used to buy karaoke machines that will help with the children’s’ vocabulary skills and also singing. Teachers receiving this grant were Debbie Harrington (Horace Mann), Suzanne Wolfe (Highland Park), Judy Neagle (Cedar Heights) and Bana Bogdahn (Westwood.)

Nancy Shore of Highland Park received a “Reading Mentor” grant in the amount of $539.99 which will be used to buy a machine similar to the Alpha Smart, which will bring together reading cubes which consist of nouns, adjectives and verbs to make complete sentences for the children. The machine then reads the sentences back to them.

Teri Ganes of Highland Park was awarded a “Climbing High with Mountain Math and Language” grant in the amount of $191.90 as well.

Valerie Heckart of Cedar Heights received a “It’s in the Bag” grant for $436.89 which will be used to buy special toy packets for her students that are books in bags - the toys in each bag match the books that the children will be able to take home and share with their parents.

Connie Wise of Cedar Heights was awarded a “Reference Resources Rodeo” grant in the amount of $569.70 which will be used to buy more materials to have smaller group activities using almanacs, dictionaries and other materials.

Mandy Rowley of Cedar Heights received a “Learning on the Move” grant in the amount of $92 which will be used to buy a board that she can put words and sentences on that is movable around the classroom and also has a dry erase board on the other side.

Debbie Smith of Cedar Heights received a “Sight Word Mania” grant in the amount of $320.10 which will enable the children to recognize words faster and quicker with different games, magnets and bingo activities.

Four Woodward Middle School South teachers received a joint grant for a “Holocaust Project” in the amount of $1,450 which will be used to help bring in nationally-known author and Holocaust survivor Mike Jacobs to make presentations to the fifth and sixth grade students. Those teachers receiving this grant were Aaron Marlatt, Amy Whitewater, Glenda Swigart and Andy Newby.

Angela Smith of the south campus also was awarded a “Alma Folklorica - Dancing Group” grant in the amount of $250 which will be used to bring a Hispanic dancing group into the school to show the kids different dances and costumes which will enable them to learn about the Mexican culture while they are studying Spanish.

Brooke Alley of Woodward High School received a “Raising the Bar: Helping All Students Understand Algebra” grant in the amount of $1,000 which will help to buy more materials to help her students better understand and learn Algebra. “Algebra is the foundation that helps all the students throughout high school,” said Alley.

Rita Barnett of Woodward High School was awarded a “Looking Forward: A 21st Century Classroom” grant in the amount of $1,315 which will be used to buy her very own projector for her classroom. The Smart Boards that are now being used in the schools will be able to hook right up to the projector.

Cindy Smith and Tammy Barnard of Woodward High School received a “Spotlight on America” joint grant in the amount of $1,000 which will be used to buy more materials such as books and maps to enable the teachers to have more hands-on activities.

Ashley Stout of Woodward High School was awarded a “Manipulatives for Mastering Math” grant in the amount of $1,153.94 which will be used to buy materials for more hands-on activities for the students to better their math skills.

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