Oh, The Places We'll Go!

Beau Dodson Weather sponsored books for Mrs. Dickerson's classroom at Central Elementary School in Mayfield, Kentucky.  

We were thrilled to help with this project.  Who doesn't like reading!  I can remember checking out all of the weather books when I attended Jefferson Elementary School!  

You can read more about this project at this link.

This was Mrs. Dickerson's project description.

2017 Scholarship Recipient Announced. Diamond Talley.

Congratulations to our first-ever recipient of the Justin Croach Memorial Scholarship, 2017 Massac County High School graduate Diamond Talley. He has plans to major in music education at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.

Throughout his high school career, Diamond served as a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the drama club and a member of the marching, concert and jazz band. He attends Mt. Horeb Church in Metropolis and is involved in their music ministry and nursing home ministry.

In his scholarship essay, Diamond wrote, “Having the privilege of helping students find and pursue their musical passions is an honor… As a music teacher I do not plan on molding students to a certain standard or style of playing but help them be effective and efficient in finding out how to express themselves musically. Like Justin Croach, I have realized how much the arts have changed my life and without them, I would not be the person I am today.”

Learn more about the Justin Croach Memorial Scholarship at this link ~ click here

 

August 6, 2017. "Private Learning Experience through Headphones" Reidland Elementary School, Reidland, Kentucky

We fully funded this project for Mrs. Thompson who teaches at Reidland Elementary.   This project is for kids in grades 3 through 5. 

Her Project

Her students are blessed to have access to nine computers in her classroom. Her students use them to take Accelerator Reader tests, and complete several other computer programs that they are, once again, blessed to have access to! They desperately needed headphones, in order to have a private learning experience. They have access to several computer programs that allow students to master skills on their own level, and at their own pace. Learning needs to be private, and without headphones, it is not! Her students deserve to learn in a private setting. They use their computers everyday!

Chromebooks for Equal Access. North Calloway Elementary School. Calloway County, Kentucky.

We fully funded this project

Mrs. Falwell's Students

Mrs. Falwell teaches in a Title I school in which the majority of her students fall below poverty levels. Many of her students do not have access to technology outside of the school setting. She works daily with special needs students ranging in ability levels. Some of her students read above average, but struggle in other areas of the school day,, others read well below grade level. These weaknesses affect each and every area of their lives. One way to level the playing field for these students is to allow the use of assistive technology in all classroom settings. Due to budget cuts, they do not have the resources to put technology into the hands of all of their students.

Her Project

She teaches a wonderful group of students in grades 4 and 5 who just happen to have a special need which makes them even more unique. These special needs do not stop them from wanting to succeed! This particular group of students range from average to high intelligence to those with Mild Mental Disabilities. These students do not want to take the easy road, but want to participate in all classroom activities like their same age peers.

Chromebooks would allow my students to participate in grade level activities, assignments, and projects while breaking down the barriers that disabilities put in their way.
 ~ Mrs. Falwell

Chromebooks would not only allow for her students to read materials on and above their grade level, but would allow them to participate in group activities and class discussions. Google Classroom assignments would allow for her to scaffold her lessons in a way in which she can reach all students and their varying ability levels. 

 

August 1, 2017. Making Science Fun! Mrs. Warren Classroom at Metropolis Elementary located in Metropolis, Illnois.

This project was funded by two donors.  We were one of the two.  This is an exciting project.  SCIENCE!  Right up our alley.

The money was used to purchase a variety of interactive science projects.   We were thrilled to help with this project.

Mrs. Warren's Project

Mrs. Warren is trying to bring Science to life by allowing the students the opportunity to conduct various science experiments. Students will grow their own gardens, feed and watch birds grow from our windows, build various electrical circuits, grow bacteria, and much more. These experiments will allow them to have fun while building lifelong memories.

These resources will allow her the opportunity to make their science textbook become more exciting.

This will help create an interest in students willingness to want to learn more about science. Every year, Mrs. Warren has a couple of students asking the first day of school if we will be doing science experiments. It is my goal to do as many as possible and keep it fun!

June 24, 2017. iCompose with an iPad. Jefferson Elementary School, Massac County, Illinois

There were an amazing 48 donors for this project!  You can read more about it by clicking here

This project was for Mrs. Kennedy at Jefferson Elementary grades three and four.

The Project

Teaching at two schools is great, except when it comes to equipment and technology. Mrs. Kennedy is usually only able to buy one of any given thing, then transport it back and forth. Her students need an iPad to go with the Recording Studio equipment that they recently received. The addition of another iPad will allow Mrs. Kennedy to leave the equipment set up at each school so that the students will be able to get more use out of it.

I have so many creative students who will be able to use this to write their own songs!
~ Mrs. Kennedy

In addition to using it with the Recording Studio, they can use it in other aspects of their classroom as well. she can allow students to listen to songs, research different things, watch videos, use apps to work on note reading...the possibilities are endless!

July 28, 2017. Plant It, Grow It, Compost It! Nancy B's Science Club

This science project will help third graders study plants. Tom's of Maine has inspired Mrs. Thomasson to step out of the box and do more than just the basic textbook lessons on plants and compost.

Growing their own vegetables through the use of hydroponics, and watching materials decay through the composting process will be much more meaningful through hands-on experiments rather than through simple pictures in a textbook or a video that they watch.

She is looking forward to engaging her students in not only these experiments, but she also wants to see them studying plants around them. They will be keeping plant journals and pressing plants and leaves as they use the iPad to identify the plants in the world around them!

There were two financial donor's that helped sponsor this project.  To read more about the project ~ click here.