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February 2013 Grant Awards

The Board of Trustees of the Medford Education Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded approximately $10,000 in educational grants for the first grant period of 2013 as follows: 

Nook’s for the Haines 6th Grade Center Library”. K. Eagen-Casale.

MAURICE & EVERETT HAINES SIXTH GRADE CENTER

The use of this innovative reading tool was approved so that 6th grade students at different reading levels have the ability to read “just right” books using a technological tool which will hold their interest. It is anticipated that the ability to access classic books, new releases and the instant connection of a dictionary within the device will encourage even the most reluctant reader to sit down with a good book. 

Oh, the Things You Can Hear!” S. Kasse.

TAUNTON FORGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

3rd, 4th and 5th Grade drama workshop students at Taunton Forge Elementary School have the unique opportunity to explore their thespian interests and perform in “Seussical, the Musical”, in April 2013. This grant will allow the students to use a professional audio system to present the musical to enhance their drama and stage experience and enhance the enjoyment of the performance by all who attend. 

Full Steam Ahead!” M. Schoenberger.

M.H. ALLEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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CHAIRVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Engineering is Elementary is a well-known curriculum which fosters science, technology engineering and mathematical (STEM) literacy in addition to social studies and connections to all areas of the arts. Maureen Schoenberger, the Technology and I.M.P.A.C.T. teacher at Allen and Chairville schools will attend the three-day Teacher Educator Institute at the Museum of Science in Boston in May 2013 for an intensive three (3) day training workshop in the use of the Engineering is Elementary Curriculum. During school year 2013-2014, 1st Grade (approximately 60) students at Allen will use the EiE unit “To get to the Other Side: Building Bridges” which would complement the current 1st Grade science curriculum and 4th Grade (approximately 80) students at Chairville will use the EiE unit “An Alarming Idea: Designing Alarm Circuits” which would complement the current 4th Grade science curriculum. 

ipads for Centers and Beyond”. K. Eagen-Casale.

CRANBERRY PINES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The purchase of six (6) iPad 2 devices for the Media Center will allow students at Cranberry Pines to engage in a variety of library activities using the latest technology so that they learn how to perform electronic research, read books in a digital format, use information technology responsibly and use technology to gather, analyze and organize information. 

Enriching Student Education in the Library”. K.L. Simpkins.

M.H. ALLEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

This grant will allow the acquisition of numerous fiction and non-fiction books to enhance and expand the holdings and resources in the Allen School library.