Foundation distributes $13,000 |

Foundation distributes $13,000

Staff Reports

Nearly a dozen Douglas County programs benefitted from $13,000 distributed by the Douglas County Education Foundation during the 2013-14 school year.

Among those awards were: a garden for Aspire, pickle ball at Scarselli Elementary School, Flocabulary for language arts at Carson Valley Middle School, mastering sight words and math facts at Minden Elementary School, civil rights nonfiction literature circles at Carson Valley Middle School, Lego Mindware engineering at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, sound system improvement project at Meneley Elementary School, loves to listen out loud at Gardnerville Elementary School, cookbooks for culinary arts at Carson Valley Middle School, GPS for gifted and talented students at Scarselli Elementary School and Meneley Elementary School and cameras for student activities at Douglas High School.

Kristy Recks, the teacher for the gifted and talented program at Meneley and Scarselli received money to purchase nine GPS units.

“The GPS units will allow for engagement with problem solving and applying critical thinking skills,” Recks said. “The lessons will increase students’ early exposure to real-world mathematics and geospatial science. We are so excited to receive this grant.”

Minden Elementary teacher Michelle Neilander received a grant for the purpose of purchasing materials to enhance the sight word and math fact instruction for first-graders.

“The generosity of this group will allow all first-grade students at Minden Elementary to use technology, learn and practice sight words, improve their reading, and increase their automaticity of basic math facts,” she said. “As a teacher, it is encouraging and heartening to have the support of such a worthwhile organization.”

“Flocabulary is an exciting program of hip-hop videos for academic subjects ranging from current events to SAT vocabulary,” said Carson Valley Middle School teacher Susan VanDoren. “Teachers at CVMS are very excited to have this new resource for student engagement.”