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.

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.