Windsor Education Foundation Awards Grants to Teachers
The Windsor Education Foundation (WEF) is funding twelve exceptional projects proposed by teachers in the Windsor Public Schools. WEF is a nonprofit organization formed to support excellence in Windsor public schools and supported solely by financial donations from the public.
All Windsor Public Schools teachers are eligible to apply for the grants every year. The projects funded represent innovative approaches that show promise of furthering student achievement on a wide scale. The funded projects include:
• NASA Hunch Program, in which Windsor High School students work with NASA mentors on developing items for use in the International Space Station, submitted by teacher Dustin Ricci
• “Aviation and Flight Program” in collaboration with the New England Air Museum which introduces students in grades 9-12 to a wide range of topics in the exciting filed of aviation, submitted by John Reinwald
• FTC Robotics Team project encouraging 7th-12th grade students to create a robot to compete in the First Robotics Challenge. Team members also mentor primary grade students, submitted by teacher Bruce Johnson
• The Writing Center Improvement project at Windsor High School to improve student experience by creating an aesthetically pleasing space for students to collaborate, submitted by Michael Clark
• Safer game play and installation of a new basketball goal system creating opportunities for grades 3-5 students at Clover Street School, submitted by teacher Mike Farr
• “Technology Brings Academic Language for ELL Students to Life” at Windsor High School provides students who speak a language other than English with assistance in accessing the curriculum through the use of iPad apps, submitted by teacher Naomi McNeil
• “Fighting Hunger Through Architecture” students at Windsor High School will research the theme of eliminating hunger through research, community service and collaboration and will partner with architects to use technology to design and create a structure out of canned food that will later be donated to a local food bank, submitted by teacher Mary VanDerMeid
• The Summer Youth Employment program will prepare high school students for the workplace by providing assistance in resume writing and interviewing techniques. It is the goal to place those students in a four-week job experience so they can experience the soft skills necessary for success in the workplace, submitted by Windsor High School teacher Matt Dadona
• Create and publish a Clover Kids Literary Arts Magazine by 5th graders at Clover Street School, submitted by teacher Liz Cichon.
• Non-fiction writing workshop and visit by author Dana Meachen Rau for students in grades 3-5 at John F. Kennedy School, submitted by teacher Julie Roebelen
• Junior First Lego League for first graders at Oliver Ellsworth School, submitted by Kathleen Furie
• Five-day Artist-in-Residence program for 4th grade students at Clover Street School to increase opportunities for public speaking, writing and performing through exploration of the arts, submitted by Lisa Thomas
The Windsor Education Foundation is proud to award a total of $15,398 for these innovative projects. Lori Hartmann, President, says "Windsor has great teachers and students. Windsor Education Foundation supports and enhances our children’s education by making it possible for teachers to implement good ideas in their schools and classrooms."
WEF is an independent non-profit organization formed by Windsor citizens to support Windsor's teachers and students by funding original, creative grants. To learn more or to make a donation, please go to www.WindsorEducationFoundation.org
PHOTO: Vertical Rock Wall at Clover Street School which enhances coordination and concentration. The wall was funded in part with a grant from Windsor Educaton Foundation. Lori Hartmann, President of WEF and Mike Farr, teacher and grant recipient