Worthington News

New WEF grants fund robot parts, carpet, reading program


Parts for a robot, a Guatemalan carpet and a computerized reading program will be funded with spring grants from the Worthington Educational Foundation.

Three times each year, the WEF announces grants that will help Worthington teachers and staff provide learning experiences that reach beyond the regular classroom.

The 25-year-old foundation raises money primarily through its Evening of Excellence gala held each January.

The spring grants total $6,325.

The robotic parts will be used for student training, preparation and participation in robotics competitions.

The goal of the project is to stimulate student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The equipment will benefit nearly 100 students a year for the next 10 years or more, according to information released by the WEF.

The request for $4,500 was submitted by Rod Pierce of Thomas Worthington High School.

A grant of $325 will support the design and construction of a traditional Guatemalan sawdust and flower-petal carpet to be displayed in the front hallway of Worthington Kilbourne High School.

Hector Castellanos, a visiting Guatemalan artist, will prepare supplies and communicate with Spanish III classes to explain the tradition and significance of the art form.

Each of the five classes will design its own 4-by-8-foot panel and then install it May 16, which is Arts in Action Day at Kilbourne.

The panels will run end to end to form a 40-foot carpet.

The high school's PTO contributed $300 for the project.

The grant application was submitted by Kilbourne teacher Andi Prince.

The $1,500 grant for the Lexia Reading-Core 5 program will purchase a five-year site license that will enable 25 elementary school students with learning disabilities to access the program at school and at home.

Each student with Lexia will follow a personalized reading path, with adaptive pacing and placement activities designed specifically for them, based on performance data and progress monitoring.

The goal of the program is to show success so that it will be funded through school budgets in the future.

The grant application was submitted by teachers Ashley Wiot, Andrea Skamfer, Erika Katris, Megan Hedges, Amanda Lindeman and Alison Palermo.