Worthington News

WEF grants buy books, cameras, earphones, empowerment classes


An empowerment program for adolescent girls will be offered at three more schools, thanks to a grant from the Worthington Educational Foundation.

The WEF awarded $5,904 in grants at the March 24 meeting of the Worthington Board of Education.

A $3,375 grant will allow the ROX Empowerment for Girls classes to be offered at Worthingway Middle School, Kilbourne Middle School and Thomas Worthington High School. It was piloted this year at Bluffsview Elementary School.

At each school, up to 15 girls will take part in the 20-week program that focuses on education, development and empowerment of girls and allows them to have a supportive, safe place to address academic and nonacademic issues.

A $1,284 grant went to Bluffsview Elementary School to purchase 15 digital cameras, memory cards and pouches.

The cameras are intended to improve learning, motivation, student engagement and creativity through digital storytelling.

Kilbourne Middle School will add a library of graphic novels with its $1,000 grant. The hardcover books will be used for the graphic novels class and for the comic book club. The goal is to create a resource of alternative literature that could help entice reluctant readers.

At Liberty Elementary School, a $244 grant will provide 30 noiseless earphones to be assigned to students who need them, including large numbers of students with autism and those who receive support for special education and sensory needs.

The earphones will be available throughout the day to control decibel levels of noisy environments to help students focus on doing their school work.

The WEF is a nonprofit organization that distributes money for classroom projects that might not be done without the grants. Funds are raised primarily through the Evening of Excellence fundraiser held every January.