July 12, 2013
Nine Albemarle County public schools have received over $13,000 in grants to be used for classroom projects in the upcoming school year.
Albemarle and Monticello high schools, Meriwether Lewis and Woodbrook elementary schools have each been awarded $750. Both high schools will use their grants to support their robotics programs. Meriwether Lewis will apply their award to support learning in digital manufacturing techniques, while Woodbrook will use their grant for an environmental awareness program.
Woodbrook will use $610 to study world cultures using drum patterns and rhythms to experiment with vocabulary development. Red Hill will use $345 for a language skills program.
Crozet Elementary School received $2,590 to build an outdoor science classroom in the form of a rain garden habitat.
Crozet will also share a $1,500 grant award with Red Hill Elementary School for a project that will showcase American and European musical traditions through the use of ukuleles.
Baker-Butler Elementary School will use their $454 grant to enable students to complete silk paintings as part of their study of the silkworm, and Western Albemarle High School received $250 to enable special education students to benefit from a work study activity.
The largest single grant is $4,675 for the Community Public Charter School. The award will fund a three-year environmental education project for middle school students based on the Lewis and Clark expeditions. Students will research discoveries by the two explorers and recreate their findings by collecting and propagating seeds to re-establish native plants.
The grants come from the Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation for Excellence in Public Education.