The Lawrence Township Education Foundation (LTEF) is pleased to announce it has awarded over $39,000 in grants to support 21 programs throughout the Lawrence Township Public Schools. The grants, awarded to district teachers, will provide funding for programs that are outside of the regular school district budget. They cover a broad range of disciplines including innovative classroom spaces, literacy, robotics, professional development, music and the arts. The following is a list of awards:
At Eldridge Park School (EPS) a grant was awarded to create an outdoor classroom space. The EPS FALCON will serve as a space where teachers can bring their students for enhanced learning through outdoor inspiration. At Slackwood Elementary School multiple grants were awarded including a live presentation of the classic story of “Stone Soup,” a musical experience introducing students to the Latin America, a program to improve the social skills of special needs children, tools to increase phonological skills, and cozy reading nooks for first grade classrooms.
Lawrence Intermediate School students will benefit from grant projects including a reader’s workshop that will provide tools to assist teachers in assessing reading level, growth, and performance. Funds were also awarded in support of the popular annual Science and Engineering Fair as well as a grant for keyboards to enhance existing iPads that are used throughout the special education program.
Lawrence Middle School (LMS) students will have the opportunity to work with authors Margie Gelbwasser and Alison Formento as they conduct writing workshops. Music students will experience a live performance at the Opera Company Philadelphia as they present Don Carlo, while faculty and staff at LMS will take part in a book study of “Teach Like a Pirate.” Programs for special education students to be implemented include comfortable seating for reading time as well as standing and motion desks as a kinesthetic classroom is created. Lastly are white boards that will serve as tools to improve student collaboration and communication.
Lawrence High School students will benefit from programs including a visit to Washington D.C. for English language learners, a 9th grade classroom library to build lifelong reading skills, Boomwhackers that produce musical tones to connect to “Science in the Community” via physics, and a team building program for students. Additionally the Education Foundation proudly supports students who qualify to represent Lawrence High School at the national DECA conference that will take place in Orlando this spring.