Nancy Nerny, the board president of the Dayton Public Schools Foundation, presented the 2021-2022 grant award recipients at Tuesday’s board meeting. Since 2015, the foundation has awarded $93,350 to DPS. Grants are awarded to educators to fund innovative and creative projects that will be used to teach students.
Teacher Grant Recipients
Melinda S. Dickson, David H. Ponitz CTC
Project: Increasing Reading Comprehension in Spanish I-IV
Students will use a Spanish supplementary reader for silent independent reading, then write reflections and predictions about the story.
Krista Gerhardt, Cleveland Elementary
Project: Launch into STEM Learning
Applying communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills, students will launch rockets constructed from supplied materials and apply scientific knowledge by controlling variables.
Sarah Thompson, David H. Ponitz CTC
Project: Flexible Seating for Flexible Minds
A diverse classroom environment will be built with stools, standing desks, and yoga balls to entice students with more comfort as they engage in their learning.
School/Program Grant Recipients
Victoria Palmieri, Horace Mann Elementary
Project: Inclusive Playground
A wheelchair swing platform will increase access for students with physical disabilities, giving them a physical and mental break from academics.
Shelly Murphy, Westwood Elementary
Project: Building a Diverse STEM Library for Westwood Scholars
Students will be provided with a diverse library of classroom books depicting African Americans in STEM field occupations.
Dream Grant Recipient
John Huston, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
Project: Dunbar Outdoor Classroom
A raised bed vegetable garden and native prairie will be created as a vehicle to enhance math instruction and social-emotional learning and higher-order thinking.
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