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WCPS Education Foundation Awards Mini-Grants to Nine Schools

WCPS Education Foundation Awards Mini-Grants to Nine Schools

Hagerstown, MD (November 14, 2008)- The Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) Education Foundation today announced the awarding of mini-grants to nine schools, for various programs and resources that directly impact students and classrooms. Recipients received surprise visits from the foundation's "prize patrol" today, highlighted by balloons, oversized ceremonial checks, and news of the mini-grants.
Applications were accepted from any WCPS employee prior to an October 31, 2008, deadline, before a volunteer foundation committee reviewed each application, and approved the final awards. Program guidelines limited the requests to a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $1,000 per application. The list of recipients is as follows:
* Antietam Academy Middle School- $200- A chess program for an extracurricular club.
* Boonsboro Middle School- $330- Classical Destinations Multimedia Program - Exposure to world music and cultures for music students.
* E. Russell Hicks Middle School- $389.85- SmartPAL Program - Clear plastic material that students can place over text and other materials in order to use dry erase markers for note taking or highlighting.
* Fountaindale Elementary School- $800- Mentoring Program - Professionals, parents, and community members will engage in one on one academic tutoring, discussion of self esteem and anger management, field trips, and lessons on etiquette and community service, mainly designed for at-risk students.
* Hancock Elementary School- $260- Parent Workshop Program - Casual workshops to provide parents strategies and activities for enhancing learning at home.
* Marshall Street School- $944.80- Adolescent Autism Program - Resources for a series of community activities for students in the autism program.
* Smithsburg Elementary School- $560- Math Computation Program - Online math work for 4th and 5th grade students to improve math computation skills and prepare interested students for the 24 Game.
* Springfield Middle School- $650- Lego Robot Program - Purchase of three Lego Mindstorm robots as a step toward establishing two robotics clubs.
* Technical High School- $860- Digital Communications/Cosmetology Program - Collaborative effort to provide hair and makeup services and formal portrait photography to retirement home residents.
A second round of mini-grant applications will be accepted in February 2009. The foundation derives funding for the mini-grants from private contributions, including WCPS employees and community sources, such as businesses and individual citizens.
For more information, contact Dale Bannon, WCPS director of System Development, at 301-766-2937 or Theresa Baker, WCPS development coordinator, at 301-766-2974.
*Photo Credit: Mikhaela Pozhoga, a senior in Digital Communications.

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