Kindergarteners and high school students in Lawrence Township have the opportunity to learn a little more at school this year, thanks in part to two grants from Investors Bank, in partnership with the Roma Bank Community Foundation, to the Lawrence Township Education Foundation (LTEF). The grants are funding a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) program for Kindergarten classes and a Shakespearean artist-in-residency program at Lawrence High School.
“We thank the Roma Bank Community Foundation and the Investors Bank Foundation for their generous support of these two programs,” said Ivy Cohen, Executive Director of the Lawrence Township Education Foundation. “These funds have allowed the Lawrence Township Education Foundation to further our mission to foster educational excellence in the Lawrence Township Public Schools. Without their support, these programs would not be possible.”
LTEF applied for the grants from the Investors Foundation and Roma Bank Community Foundation; Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in early 2014. The foundation supports non-profit organizations that enrich diverse communities served by Investors Bank.
“Investors Bank knows how important it is to nurture and encourage young minds,” said Linda Martin, a Senior Market Manager for Investors Bank. “We are more than happy to provide funding to the Lawrence Township Education Foundation, which will go directly into the schools to provide unique opportunities for the students.”
The Kindergarteners will be “STEAMing into Kindergarten,” which provides learning opportunities in all four Lawrence Township Elementary schools through the implementation of Bee-Bot Robots. The robots support teaching sequencing, estimation, problem-solving, exploration and questioning. In addition, students use the robots to experience planning, counting, and learning directions. The robots support student collaboration and authentic learning using a fun and high tech approach. Investors Foundation supported this program with a $1,945 grant.
The Shakespearean artist-in-residency program at the high school will enhance the study of Shakespearean literature and drama for English and theater students. Teaching artists will engage students using in-depth activities, exploring and enhancing their understanding of a variety of Shakespearian dramas. This also will give students the opportunity to experience and participate in live classroom and theater productions. By coupling the study of the text with designed activities and performance, the artist-in-residence program offers an interdisciplinary study of Shakespeare that encourages engagement by fostering personal connections with the literature, appealing to special, visual, and kinesthetic intelligences, and giving students a sense of agency as the bring they language of the page to the world of the stage. The Roma Bank Community Foundation supported this program with a $2,500 grant.
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