Lawrence Township Education Foundation Awards over $44,000 to Local Schools

The Lawrence Township Education Foundation (LTEF) is pleased to announce it has completed its spring 2013 grant cycle by awarding grants totaling over $44,000 to fund 13 innovative programs in Lawrence Township Public Schools.

The grants, submitted by district teachers, cover a broad range of disciplines including science, language, reading, speech therapy, and professional development. At Lawrence High School (LHS), students will be recognized for academic excellence and school citizenship with the implementation of “Program Renaissance.”  An oval Harkness –style table will used instead of traditional desks in humanities classes to encourage student-teacher collaboration and engagement, and webcams will be used to increase proficiency of students who study American Sign Language. Also, support toward registration fees will be provided to students attending the DECA International Career Development Conference.

At Lawrence Intermediate School (LIS), students will learn the important skill of touch typing by implementing keyboard hiders in the technology lab.  Also at LIS, students in need of academic support instruction will soon have use of iPads along with software resources to better assist them with their learning. 

With the purchase of equipment for a portable TV studio that will include cross-house programming for school-wide activities, Lawrence Middle School students will soon experience WLMS: TV “on the move.”

Students at Ben Franklin will soon notice something different during lunch.  As a continuation of the school’s ongoing “green” efforts, new environmentally-friendly lunch trays made from biodegradeable materials will be used at this Eco-Schools USA green-flag awarded school.  Also students in preschool and kindergarten will have interactive CD-rom software to use with their existing SmartBoards. 

Other funded programs include enrichment materials and resources to strengthen student thinking skills at all elementary schools, an online subscription to help improve speech and language of students at Slackwood Elementary School, professional development for AP Spanish, and responsive classroom design training to maximize classroom instruction for all elementary students. 

The Lawrence Township Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters educational excellence, creativity, and achievement in the Lawrence Township Public Schools. Since 1992, it has funded over 500 programs in the Lawrence schools with grants in excess of $2.6 million.  For more information about LTEF and ways to support the Foundation, visit www.ltefnj.org or email info@ltefnj.org .