Ten Schools Receive Grant Funds from Community Foundation

Ten Schools Receive Grant Funds from Community Foundation
Posted on 11/08/2018
SALISBURY, Md. - Ten Schools in Worcester County received grant funding through the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s 2018 Education Award Grants Program, which will be distributed across 14 school-based programs.

“The educators creating these programs are inspiring the future leaders of our community,” said Erica Joseph, CFES President. “CFES believes education is vital to strengthening our communities. We are proud to have increased this year’s Education Awards Grant funding by over $24,000 from last year.”

Education Awards are made annually in conjunction with National Education Week through a competitive process to public and private grade schools on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Grants are made to those schools that have developed innovative programs to enhance education and improve the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of their students and communities.

The following programs received Education Award Grants for 2018 during ceremonies held at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore:

Calcott Award of Excellence Celebrated

The Community Foundation honored Snow Hill Middle School’s Project LIT Book Club project with the Mary Gay Calcott Award of Excellence and a bonus grant from the Foundation’s Mary Gay Calcott Memorial Fund. The award is named for the late Mary Gay Calcott, a professor of English at Salisbury University whose life embodied her ideals of teaching students to think, to express themselves with clarity and to care about the world they live in.

- Snow Hill and Pocomoke High Schools will participate in the Project LIT book club which empowers teachers and students to increase access to high-quality, culturally relevant books in and out of the classroom (organized by Cassidy Hamborsky).

- Buckingham Elementary School’s April Eichelberger will create a Lending Library to enhance the use of their outdoor classroom and garden.

- Buckingham Elementary School will host an artist in residence who will work with the students to create a clay mural to display in the school, coordinated by Melissa Reid.

- Cedar Chapel Special School will create an interactive Lego wall to use as a fun hands-on tool for learning high level math concepts and creative communication.

- Cedar Chapel Special School will create “Zones of Regulation” which use colors and other visuals to identify emotions and learn social skills.

- Ocean City Elementary School will pilot the Kimochis social emotional curriculum which uses specially designed stuffed animals to teach students to identify emotions and express their feelings in a healthy way.

- Pocomoke Elementary School will purchase virtual reality headsets for their “Explore, Discover and Engage through 21st Century Learning” initiative.

- Pocomoke Middle School will purchase 500 copies of Jocko Willink’s The Way of the Warrior Kid for a One School, One Book initiative led by teacher Jennifer Beach.

- Pocomoke Middle School will purchase new books to engage more students in their Project LIT book club, led by teacher Brian Cook.

- Pocomoke Middle School’s new Surfrider Club, led by teacher Karen McCabe, will take a trip to Chincoteague Bay Field Station and lead the school in an Earth Day celebration.

- Pocomoke Middle School’s Christina McQuaid will purchase restorative practice books to improve students’ behavior and decision making and reduce office referrals.

- Snow Hill Elementary School will read Stuart Little as part of a new One School, One Book summer program led by Jennifer Spivey.

- Snow Hill Middle School will host their own Project LIT book club and will engage students in meaningful service work in the community, coordinated by Beau Williams.

- Stephen Decatur Middle School will purchase virtual reality headsets to take students on virtual field trips and bring history and science to life.