OUR LEGACY

grants for teachers, supporting Westerville City Schools, innovative programs

PURPOSEFUL PLAY

Annehurst Elementary

Jessica Stranges

Implementing research-based purposeful play activities for kindergarten students using a light table, translucent bricks, numbers and letters, and magnatiles. 

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN READ-IN

Blendon Middle School

Lee Rutherford & Latresa Rieve

This grants supports the purchase of workshop materials and supplies for the event.

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TRAUMA-INFORMED INTERVENTION

McVay & Huber Ridge Elementary Schools 

Sheila Ebbrecht

Grant will fund training for 4 staff members to become trainers in trauma interventions and strategies. 

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SOCIAL & LIFE SKILLS

Westerville North High School:

Melissa Palmore

Funds for a program for students with autism and Asperger's to help them develop social and life skills. 

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HUSKY STRONG BOYS GROUP

Heritage Middle School

Anitra Simmons

Grant supports the development of a group for positive modeling for behavior and social skills for boys.

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3-D PRINTER FOR CODERS

Hawthorne Elementary

Rhonda Letterio

Funds will purchase a 3-D printer for the Hawthorne Hackers After School Coding Club.

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WILD WARBOTS ROBOTICS

High Schools

Leslie Baumann

Supports the all-high school robotics team. 

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COMFORT QUILTS

Whittier Elementary

Natalie Hetrick & Heather Alexander

Funds a progam to help student create and deliver quilts to The James.  

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TOURNIQUETS & TECHNOLOGY

Westerville Central High School

Payton McCarthy

Supplied 100 tourniquets for the Stop the Bleed program. 

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NATURE HOP SENSORY WALK

Huber Ridge Elementary

Tami Richmond & Amy Van Sickle

Creates a sensory movement area at the school, allowing students to walk, stretch, hop, and move while focusing on letters and numbers.

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TEAM TEACHING

McVay Elementary

Kate Wirthlin & Rachel Schultz

Funds collaboration on a Clay Catching program to team teach students with physical and cognitive disabilities.

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JAGUAR UPDATE WITH HUNT

Genoa Middle School

Leah Gaines

Grant funds purchase of a video camera, green screen, and profession editing software for students to create a new program and work with McKayla Hunt, local new anchor, on the Jaguar Update.

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M.O.D.E.L. 

Heritage Middle School

Tami Santa, Cynthia DeVese, & Jill Ponzi

Program aims to increase girls' sense of self-worth, attitude toward education, help them become self-sufficient as leaders, and improve their school performance.

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EL TUTORING

Mark Twain

Kim Glaser

After school tutoring program for English Language learners.

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ROX @ WHITTIER

Whittier Elementary

Stephanie Young-Newberry

Brings the Ruling Our Experiences (ROX) program to Whittier Elementary. This program teaches self-empowerment, confidence, and decision-making to girls.

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SUMMER READING

Mark Twain Elementary

Susan Kaul

Implements a summer reading program for 600+ students.

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RESOURCE ROOM SET

Hanby Elementary

Megan Hedges

Grant supports the purchase of the Making Connections Reading Comprehension Intervention Resource for use in the Intervention Room.

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MOBILE MAKERSPACE

Emerson Elementary School

Jeffrey Militko

Grant supports the purchase of materials to construct a mobile maker space for use at Emerson. 

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SECOND STEP LEARNING KIT

Early Learning Center

Vicki Shepherd

This kit supports teaching social emotional skills and self-regulation in a developmentally appropriate way that is engaging for young children.  

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BOOK BUSTERS CLUB

Wilder Elementary

Amanda McQuown

Funds for a 100+ student recess book club. 

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SMART NOTEBOOK APPS

District-wide

Daphne Irby & Kimi Dodds

Grant funds the purchase of 286 SMART Notebook apps for use on district iPads.

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HATCHING EGGS

Huber Ridge Elementary

Kathy Gauen

Grant will replace the broken incubator. The program has been a tradition at Huber Ridge for many years. 

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EMOTIONAL STUDY IN POTTERY

McVay Elementary

Sheila Ebbrecht & Katie Wirthlin

Students with emotional disabilities will have access to work on a pottery while to give them a positive, creative and physical outlet to release emotions. 

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ELECTRONIC CUTTING MACHINE

Walnut Spring Middle School

Jean Trimble

Funds will purchase a Cricut Explore cutting machine for student and teacher use in the newly designed Fab Lab

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SCHOOL STORE

Hawthorne Elementary

Anne Genuisz

Grant awards funds for fifth grade students to create and run a school store. 

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EDU-CACHING

Blendon Middle School

Jennifer Eckstein, Jeff McMillan & Lisa Patko

Using GPS receivers, students will be exposed to real-world mathematics and geospatial science. 

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P.R.I.D.E. INITIATIVES

Heritage Middle School

Ann Bates

Funds will cover fees for speakers, entertainers, awards, books, t-shirts, a button maker and printing costs. 

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INDOOR MONARCH SANCTUARY

North High School

Erin Zacharias, Kyle Campbell, Cait Maloy & Matt Whistle

An indoor monarch butterfly sanctuary will be established that will raise more than 150 adult monarch butterflies annually.  In addition, two outdoor butterfly gardens will be constructed.

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MOBILE MAKER SPACE

All Elementary Schools

KK Hunter

Funds a Mobile MakerSpace, where students come together to build, share knowledge and solve problems.

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AFTER SCHOOL CODING CLUB

Hawthorne Elementary

Chris Poynter & Megan Winand

Funds will be used to purchase microprocessors and power cables so student's can continue work at home. Three rolls of filament will be purchased so the Hackers can learn how to use a recently donated 3D printer. 

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SENSORY REGULATION

Blenson Middle School

Marynelle Liston

Funds will be used to provide more sensory regulation items for students with Asperger’s syndrome, mental health issues and multiple disabilities.

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TANKS FOR TEACHERS

Westerville North High School

Kyle Campbell

A project that will involve zoology students setting up and maintaining ten 40-gallon aquariums to be placed in different classrooms throughout the school.  Each aquarium will contain native Ohio fish that will eventually be added to stock the Larimore Land Lab pond located behind the school. 

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MAKER RECESS OPPORTUNITIES

Huber Ridge Elementary

Ashley Rable & Judith Gawelek

To provide additional opportunities for students who do not prefer to go outside for their recess time.

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DIVERSITY DIALOGUES

Central High School

Kyle King, Natalie Barrett, Cynthia DeVese & Jill Williams

To host guest speakers who come from diverse backgrounds to speak with students during lunch periods and interact in a small setting.

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ZEN ZONES

Robert Frost Elementary

Natalie Hildebrandt

To facilitate Social Emotional Learning by creating a designated space where students can experience a calm environment with various sensory options, allowing them to regulate themselves and return to class ready to learn.

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9/11 SURVIVOR SPEAKER

North High School

Kristina Cameron

To host guest speakers who come from diverse backgrounds to speak with students during lunch periods and interact in a small setting.

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AESOP'S FABLES

Emerson Elementary

Shannon Goebeler

To allow third-grade students to read various Aesop’s Fables and then in March see the Tennessee Theatre Touring Company’s production of Aesop’s Fables at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

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MULTICULTURAL VIDEO LIBRARY

Central High School

Christina Lippencott, Nikki Lorenz, Erin Moehl, Holly Park and Jennifer Snider

To purchase a culturally relevant and engaging video library that increases students’ language and cultural proficiency while creating a connection between students’ lives and the identified culture.

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AFTER SCHOOL CODING CLUB

Hawthorne Elementary

Megan Winand & Rhonda Letterio

To expand the after-school coding club for third, fourth and fifth-grade students with a greater variety of coding experiences and more advanced challenges.

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WILDCAT P.R.I.D.E. PROGRAM

South High School

Sarah Detrick

To increase student awareness of and buy-in to programs that increase students’ sense of belonging, as well as recognize those who model appropriate behaviors aligned to the core values of Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dependability, and Encouragement.

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WARRIOR WEAR

North High School

Angela Karow

To allow SLC students to learn life skills by creating school spirit items through the purchase of a T-shirt heat press and supplies that will be used in conjunction with machines in The SHOP in order to build a sustainable student service venture.

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WARRIOR WEAR

North High School

Angela Karow

To allow SLC students to learn life skills by creating school spirit items through the purchase of a T-shirt heat press and supplies that will be used in conjunction with machines in The SHOP in order to build a sustainable student service venture.

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PIONEER PROJECT

Fouse Elementary

Emily Considine & Maria Petrozzi

New books for the K-2 Book Room to be utilized by 15 teachers. 

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PROJECT LIT @ NORTH

Westerville South High School

Brandi Young

Funds will support the implementation of the Project LIT program at South.

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I AM A G.I.F.T: FINANCIAL LITERACY

Middle & High Schools

Cynthia DeVese & Tia Johnson

Financial literacy and decision-making program for middle and high school girls.

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EBOOKS FOR (S)ELEARNING

Westerville South High School

Brandi Young

For the purchase of a 77 ebook Social Emotional collection for use by students.

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DRONES & ENGINEERING

Heritage Middle School:

Matt Fetrow

Funds support the introduction of drones and drone technology into the middle school engineering pathway.

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PROJECT LIT @ CENTRAL

Westerville Central High School

Amy Ferris

Funds will support the introduction of the Project LIT program at Central HS.

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COMMUNICATION BOARD

Wilder Elementary

 Christine Eshenbaugh

For the purchase of two communication boards for use by speech-impaired students during recess.

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EL LEARNING THROUGH THE ARTS

Multiple Elementary Schools

Jan Fedorenko & Lori Searfoss

Program introduces English learning to families to help them learn about the structure of the school day by engaging in different art activities. 

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EL LIBRARY EXPANSION

Westerville North High School

Jessica Martin

Funds the expansion of English-Language learning books in the Westerville North library.

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MULTISENSORY ART STUDIO

Early Learning Center

Ann Rochon & Betsy Gambone

Funds support the design of the studio into five stations to stimulate the senses. 

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CHEM GEMS

Westerville North High School

Jeff Bracken

Funds support the Chem Gems, chemistry and business student collaboration to learn about, make, market and sell bath bombs. 

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FIT FROSTIES 

Robert Frost

Eric Indiciani

Before school running club for students. 

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YOGA FOR STUDENTS

Academic Enrichment Center

Amy Anglin & Scott Ebbrecht

This grant support yoga instruction for students at the AEC to help with social and emotional balance.

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MINORITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM

District-wide

Amy Spencer

Funded 50 students to train as Minority Scholar Student Leaders. This trained this to become peer leaders, tutors, and mentors in their schools. 

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PODCASTING

Districtwide

Lane Halterman & Drew Farrell

Creation of a mobile podcasting station for use in schools around the district. 

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AFTER-SCHOOL TUTORS

Annehurst Elementary

Sarah Flager

Supports the materials needed for after school tutoring.

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LEADER IN ME

Pointview Elementary

Kevin Kissling

Funds the purchase of a leadership library of books for the families of Pointview. 

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PREVENTING SUMMER SLIDE

Pointview Elementary

Kim Holter

Provided books for a summer reading program at Pointview. 

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NATURE PLAY & LEARNING AREA

Hawthorne Elementary

Christine Doolittle

Funds for create a garden space for students to use for planting.  The area will give student an alternative play area. 

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GRAPHIC MATH AIDS

Westerville South High School

David Schultz

Funds development of large posters of important math concepts for display. 

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WONDERFULLY UNIQUE

Heritage Middle School

Danielle Brown, Kris Konik & Debbie Pellington

Funds all students to study the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Student will also create a reflection diary on the book. 

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LITTLEBITS CIRCUITS

Cherrington Elementary

Michelle Lowe & Jaclyn Gafford

Funds the purchase of circuit sets for use in the classroom. 

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WRITING CENTER PILOT

Walnut Springs Middle School

Bethany Morvay & Jill Smith

School will pilot a writing center staffed by student volunteers and writing coaches from local universities. Trains students to work as coaches in the future.  

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IMAGINATION STATIONS

Fouse Elementary

Elizabeth Meta

Funds activity stations in the library that promote 21st century problem-solving and collaboration skill development. 

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STAND UP FOR LEARNING

Mark Twain Elementary

Christopher Hendricksen

Funds the purchase of thirty standing desks and stools for a fifth grade science classroom. 

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JAZZ EDUCATION FOR ALL

Blendon Middle School

Amy Levine

 The Jazz Arts Group will provide teaching artists to work with the middle school jazz band on fundamentals of improvisation and standard jazz repertoire.  

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THE MEMORY PROJECT

Central High School

Jen Kiko

The Memory Project is a unique service project organization that pairs high school artists with children from orphanages around the world.  Before completing a realistic painting of each child on canvas paper, students will study portraiture.  Upon completion, the organization delivers the actual piece of art to the child.

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WILDCATS READ

SouthHigh School

Jill Smith & Noelle Spriestersbach

An indoor monarch butterfly sanctuary will be established that will raise more than 150 adult monarch butterflies annually.  In addition, two outdoor butterfly gardens will be constructed.

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CD PRODUCTION

Alcott Elementary

Jim Ledford

Students will work collaboratively to produce and market their own classroom music c.d.  They will be involved in the process of choosing songs, designing a cover, creating a name, advertising and selling the product at a release party.  

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LETS GET READY TO LEARN

Hawthorne, Annehurst & Heritage Schools

Julie Koontz

Special Education students must be at just the right Sensory Integration level to learn. Providing pupils with a variety of sensory tools and alternative seating options will promote academic success and participation within the classroom. Funds were used to purchase a crash pad, three hoki stools, two scooter boards, cube chairs, beanbags and a beanbag chair. 

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SONG CREATION WORKSHOP

Walnut Springs Middle Schools

Jean Trimble

he Dick and Jane Project is an assemblage of experienced producers, songwriters, and musicians who collaborate with middle school students to create radio-ready songs.

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AUDIO PRODUCTION LAB

Westerville North High School

Damon Mollenkopf

To complete the lab, two professional quality microphones, suspension boom arm stands for those mics, and a protective carrying case for the mixer will be bought to allow for safe, on-site production at events like podcasts, interviews, live recording and live performances. 

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AP THEORY PIANO LAB

Central High School

Doug Hildreth

To provide hands-on opportunities for students to practice music theory principles and basic piano skills.

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WHAT'S MY INTENT?

Central High School

Amy Ferris

To make use of the library’s makerspace to promote mindfulness by creating hand-stamped “My Intent” bracelets for students to focus on what truly guides them.

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WALKING CLUB

McVay Elementary

Heather Smalley

To establish “Walking Wednesdays” as a way for students to remain physically active, as well as provide a structured way for students to take fresh air breaks and make wise decisions during recess.

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BLACK HISTORY ILLUSTRATOR

Walnut Springs Middle School

Jean Trimble

To bring Bryan Collier to Walnut Springs Middle School to discuss his award-winning books about African American history and the struggle and triumph from slavery to emancipation and the Civil Rights Movement.

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TRADITIONAL AFRICAN DRUMMING

Robert Frost Elementary

Jennifer Hall, Sarah Berka, Eric Indiciani & Eric Cacioppo

To allow fifth-grade students to learn about traditional West African dance, drumming and art from resident artists, followed by a culminating performance for the entire school community at an annual variety show.

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FAMILY GAME NIGHT

All Elementary Schools-Gifted Program

Angie Heath

To allow the Westerville City School District’s Gifted Education Department to sponsor evening events and family game nights that promote academic and social/emotional support outside the classroom.

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MANY VOICES LIBRARY

Central High School

Natalie Barrett, Aaron Starke & Katherine Cress

To establish a library that travels between classrooms and allows students to choose from a diverse selection of books that not only reflect their identity, culture and experience, but also offer views outside of their own life and identity.

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CHICKS & GENETICS

Walnut Springs Middle School

Erin Morckel

To allow Advanced Placement Biology students to monitor the daily rate of growth, mass and food intake of chicks hatched in several controlled incubators located in the classroom, resulting in long-term reports of their findings.

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WARRIOR 2 WARRIOR MENTORING

North High School

Kendall Wright

To implement a student-led mentoring program that allows upperclassmen with at least a 3.5 GPA to mentor other students with any academic need.

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CRIS COMMUNITY CONNECTORS

North High School

Ann Englehart

The program matches interested Westerville students from Central and North with trained and qualified mentors for weekly mentoring in the school, home, or community setting.  The program is goal oriented and focuses around academic and employment support, as well as social and civic engagement within Westerville and greater Columbus communities.  The request is to maintain and expand services into Westerville North. 

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COUNTING CRITTERS

North High School

Christina Isaacs, Cait Maloy & Kyle Campbell

This project involves the use of trail cameras a means for students to assess the health of the Westerville North Land Lab through the lens of biodiversity.  The cameras will allow for a multitude of studies about local wildlife in several different science classes. 

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DINOSAUR EXCAVATION

Wilder Elementary

Nichole Price

 Students in second grade learn about animals and plants that lived long ago.  In the process, they talk about how scientists learn about these animals and plants that we no longer can see or hear, and they discuss fossils. 

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FLEXIBLE LEARNING SPACES

Heritage Middle School

Anitra Simmons

This grant funds a pilot design for one of the study halls to purchase bean bag chairs, hexagon desks, and flex stools to allow for more collaboration and flexibility. 

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BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

All Middle Schools

Lisa Huelskamp, Debbie Pellington & Chastity Laufman

Award expands the successful 8th grade Battle of the Books into the 6th grade and eventually 7th grade.

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VIRTUAL THESPIAN CONFERENCE

North High School

Kim Mollohan

Registration fees for virtual thespian conference for International Thespian Society (ITS) Troupe 3156

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SENIOR-DIRECTED ONE ACTS

North High School

Christian Potter, Addie Schmitt, and others

Various expenses related to the production of Senior-Directed One Acts (SD1A) including materials, licenses, royalty fees, and scripts.

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WORD STUDY & PHONICS MATERIALS FOR 1ST GRADE

Mark Twain Elementary

Carol Louden, Natalie Hostetler, Amanda Matchak, and Jude Strain

Purchase of hands-on learning materials and lessons for various reading levels.

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STUDENT MEDIA TEAM

McVay Elementary

Jason Fullen

Equipment and software needed to establish a student media team. The media team will engage students in the development and production of school-based media.

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RULING OUR EXPERIENCES (ROX)

Robert Frost Elementary

Alisha Porter

Ruling Our Experiences (ROX) is an evidence-based empowerment program for girls.

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YOGA @ SOUTH

South High School

Noelle Spriesterbach & Tammy Hanby

South hopes to build mindfulness and yoga practice as an integral and sustained part of the school culture.  In partnership with The Youth Yoga Project and Balanced Yoga Studio, they plan to train specific staff members in yoga and mindfulness instruction.  

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LEADERSHIP VIDEO PRODUCTION

Pointview Elementary

Kelly Ocheltree

Funds the equipment to create student leadership videos and to promote concepts of student leaders

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GLOBAL & HUMAN EXPERIENCES

Heritage Middle School

Jenn Cole, Debbie Pellington, Kellie Sheely, Kristin Marks & Allina Green

Students will participate in a cross-curricular unit of study in their English Language Arts and Social Studies classes, examining Trevor Noah's book, Born a Crime.

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CREATING GENIUS FOXES

Fouse Elementary

Karol Hanley

Online curriculum Generation Genius provides engaging videos, discussion questions, activities, and assessments.

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THE MEMORY PROJECT - ART EXCHANGE

Genoa and Heritage Middle Schools

Juls Rathje

The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting intercultural understanding and kindness between children around the world through school-based art programs. Westerville 7th graders will exchange art projects with children from Cameroon.

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UKULELES FOR ALL

Cherrington Elementary

Julie Porretta

Purchase of 35 ukuleles, 60 carrying bags, Rainbow Ukulele curriculum, and other related supplies.

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KINDNESS ROCK GARDEN

Annehurst Elementary

Jennifer Stoycheff

Materials to create a permanent outdoor art installation project.

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SAFE MUSIC MAKING SUPPLIES

Pointview Elementary

Alexander Chapman

Purchase of 30 ukuleles, 40 drums, and World Music Drumming curriculum.

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