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Worthington Educational Foundation

Grants help fund girl empowerment, other programs


Funding for an empowerment program for girls in grades 5-6 was one of 11 grants awarded by the Worthington Educational Foundation in fall 2013.

Grants totaling nearly $13,575 were announced during the Jan. 13 Worthington Board of Education meeting.

Several times a year, the foundation awards grants to educators for projects that go beyond the usual classroom curriculum. Since it was formed in 1988, the foundation has raised more than $400,000 for such grants.

This round of grants ranged from $50 to $2,713.

Receiving special note from school board members was the ROX Empowerment Program for Girls, which focuses on the education, development and empowerment of girls. The $1,125 in funding will pay for the training of school counselors, who must go through a 22-hour licensure program.

The 20-week program is offered at Bluffsview Elementary School for girls in fifth and sixth grade.

Other projects receiving foundation grants were as follows:

iPads and applications for occupational therapy: A $2,713 grant will help purchase iPads and applications for students with disabilities across the district.

Worthington Science Day recognition: A $281 grant will support a pilot project by funding awards for a district-wide science fair.

Microsoft Surface Tablets: A $1,550 grant will help pay for technology for third-grade students at Granby Elementary School.

Interactive learning: A $1,840 grant will help fund LeapPad2 learning tablets for students with disabilities at Worthington Estates Elementary School.

Language for Learning: A $650 grant will partially fund a set of materials to teach students in the SCLC program at Worthington Park Elementary School the words, concepts and statements that are important to both written and oral communication.

Collection of unopened dairy and dry goods: A $50 grant will help Colonial Hills Elementary School to purchase a cooler to preserve unopened food that students do not eat at lunch. The food will be delivered to the Worthington Food Pantry.

Tumba novel: A $150 grant will be used to purchase a classroom set of the Tumba novel to be used in eighth-grade Spanish classes at McCord Middle School.

Making connections through young adult Latino literature: A $2,500 grant will help purchase a collection of books written in English by Latino authors for McCord Middle School.

Updating Linworth Alternative Academy's science data collection technology: A $1,216 grant will be used to replace old Texas Instruments equipment with a newer, more efficient and more powerful system of data collection and analysis. The system is called Vernier LabQuest 2. The school's parent board will help fund the project.

Using iPads in the world language classroom: A $1,500 grant will help purchase five iPad Mini tablets for world language students at Thomas Worthington High School.