Dozens of people stepped off the Lindale ISD Spirit Bus and flooded the hallways of five Lindale campuses. The drum rolls, the horns sound, and more than 30 teachers open their doors to a large check. After months of anticipation, the teachers are told, with much fanfare, their project will be funded. The cheers of students ring out, laughter fills the halls, and happy tears begin to flow.
"It is always wonderful to see the joy and excitement on the faces of teachers and students when we tell them their grant has been awarded," said Lindale ISD Education Foundation Board President Wayne Fletcher. "We had so many wonderfully innovative applications this year, and as a committee, we had the challenging task of making the tough decisions regarding funding. The grants are made possible through the incredible generosity of our donors and as always, we hope to continue to increase the amount we award each year."
The Lindale ISD Education Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization that provides funds for classroom projects and programs not funded or under-funded by the district's operating budget. The foundation is supported through the donations from individuals, businesses and corporations.
The Lindale ISD Education Foundation awarded a total of $23,991.02 Tuesday, March 25 to Lindale ISD classrooms. The foundation began awarding grants in November 2009. Since the first grant cycle, the foundation has awarded $169,728.26 to LISD classrooms for 55 projects.
Grant applications are submitted to the foundation by LISD teachers and aides for projects or programs that go above the day-to-day curriculum and offer students an enriched and unique learning experience. Projects selected for funding are rated on a number of criteria including the innovation of the project.
"A lot of our grants focused on the latest technology and tools to give students a more hands-on experience in the classroom," said Holley Snow, Executive Director of the Lindale ISD Education Foundation. "As a foundation, we are grateful to be able to fund so many innovative projects that will truly help our students excel beyond the schoolroom."
Project topics varied this year, from requests for technology that would allow students a chance to experience project-based learning in a new way, to cutting-edge equipment for physics labs and speech therapy students. Regardless of the project, they all had one goal in common — helping Eagles soar.
Spring 2014 projects receiving funds include:
Tammie Brey, June Wright, and Mary Jane Tomlinson of Lindale Independent School District's Special Programs were awarded $3,796.00 for their project Up! Up! and Away with iPads. The grant will provide the latest, handheld technology to improve speech and language skills for all Lindale ISD Speech Therapy students. The goal of Up! Up! and Away with iPads! is to captivate and maintain students' attention with engaging iPad activities that help develop articulation, language comprehension and production, grammar, voice, fluency, listening skills, and social skills.
Audrey Klein, Scott Albritton, Amanda Luster, and Duane Walton of Lindale High School were awarded $3,514.34 for their project Mastering Motion in the Physics Classroom. The goal of Mastering Motion in the Physics Classroom is to increase 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students' level of comprehension and mastery of motion using various labs. The grant provides an excellent opportunity for students to exercise their laboratory and practical skills in the classroom. The equipment will help students grasp challenging concepts in one of high school's most difficult sciences. The program will advance Lindale High School students in science and provide them with a chance to translate theory into actual practice.
Angi Hartman, Sandy Francis, Nancy Bernard, and Daniel Devisscher of Lindale High School were awarded $933 for their project Putting the Whole World in Their Hands (With Language Lab Headsets). The grant will supply headsets with microphones for high school students to create a more innovative foreign language lab through maximizing the usefulness of computers, tablets, and other devices already accessible to students. The headsets are a vital tool in a student's development of a new language. Putting the Whole World in Their Hands! will allow students to master listening, speaking, reading, and writing a foreign language. They will be able to practice translation and interpretation in an authentic manner.
Rhonda Walker, Brent Berryman, Yvette Garakani, Teri Hodges, and David Ramsey of Lindale High School were awarded $5,000 for their project College, Career and Collaboration Center. The College, Career and Collaboration Center will be created in the Lindale High School Library Media Center to not only help high school students be better prepared for their future, but it will also encourage project-based learning. The grant will develop a collaboration site where students can learn together in an environment on the cutting-edge of technology. In addition, counselors and college representatives will have a place to discuss opportunities with students, in the hopes of guiding and inspiring them to make decisions about their future.
Kelsey Willis, Gretchen Nees, Charlene Hering, Lanette Tipton, Laurie Fullen, Candy Thornton, and Jennifer Davis of College Street Elementary School along with Stacie Rasco, Heidi Aubuchon, Teresa Lazarz, Morgan Stanford, Sheila Germany, and Susan Walls of Velma Penny Elementary School were awarded $4,327.87 for their project All Ears for Learning. The goal of All Ears for Learning is to provide second grade students with new listening centers to improve literacy. The equipment will be a key component in English Language Arts instruction. The grant will provide targeted support for emerging readers, allowing students to build sight vocabulary, better understand proper phrasing and fluency, and develop listening skills.
Cynthia Peters of College Street Elementary School and Melonye Arnold of Velma Penny Elementary School were awarded $1,095.50 for their project Get Smart with the Arts. Get Smart with the Arts is a grant to purchase a Music Memory program that will allow first, second, and third grade students to make connections with other subject areas and the world around them. The music is designed to stimulate the students' brains and enhance their concentration, memory, and listening skills. The goal of the program is to instill a love and appreciation of music, regardless of style.
Bobbie Williams of College Street Elementary School and Kevin Simmons of Velma Penny Elementary School were awarded $1,432 for their project Winter Olympic Challenge. The Olympic Challenge is a grant that will benefit first, second, and third grade students. Physical fitness is directly associated with a student's academic performance. The physical education grant will use gym equipment, such as scooters, paddles, and hockey sets, to excite and motivate students to be more active through simulating Olympic activities. The Olympic concept provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge of physical education. The goal is to increase student achievement through providing a variety of physical activities.
Ashleigh Brashear, Jennifer Skender, and Patricia Young of E.J. Moss Intermediate School were awarded $3,892.31 for their project Sensory Sensation. The goal of Sensory Sensation is to develop a room that enhances learning and improves daily living skills of fourth, fifth, and sixth grade Life Skills students. The new room will support communication, assist in the development of social and emotional skills, and improve the levels of concentration, alertness, calmness, and general awareness. The grant also provides an environment that enriches students' sensory skills and hand-eye coordination.