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R-III Education Foundation awards $72,733 in grants to district schools

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10:51 am

In May, the Lincoln County R-III Education Foundation (LCR3EF) visited nine district schools to award nearly $73,000 in 34 grants to R-III educators. Each year, educators may apply for a grant to fund special projects, equipment, technology, or enrichments for their classrooms that fall beyond the school district’s normal operating budget. In five short years, LCR3EF has reinvested over $500,000 in schools and communities.    

The LCR3EF is an independent, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that works to raise funds from community philanthropy to support expanded opportunities for local public school students. The Education Foundation also provides nonprofit and financial guardianship to Bright Futures Lincoln County, Buddy Bags and Let Them Play, social service and experience organizations meeting the physical and emotional needs of the children in the district schools.    Funds are provided by individual and business donors as well as fundraising events throughout the year. Follow us @LCR3EF and get involved!

In the first in a series, the 2018 LCR3EF grant award winners are:

Grants for Libraries and Reading

Boone and Lincoln Elementary Library – Twogrants totaling $4,996

Fiction and Non-Fiction Books for the buildings library

Ms. Nicole Bryant, librarian, was awarded two grants that will provide new, high-interest fiction and new non-fiction books for the students to read for pleasure as well as classroom teachers to use with the curriculum in their classrooms. Students will find more titles relevant to their world in the library.

Cuivre Park Elementary – Classroom Library Expansion – 2 grants totaling $2,000

Ms. Cassie Johnson ($1,000) and Ms. Emily Huber ($1,000) are expanding their third grade classrooms libraries to provide a larger variety of high interest books that students can use with guided reading curriculum. Students who read a lot of books on a regular basis are more likely to continue reading throughout their lives.

Lincoln Elementary – Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading Collections – 2 grants totaling $5,000

Ms. Chrissy Troutman ($2,500) and Ms. Kimberly Holder ($2,500) are expanding the resources in their classrooms for small reading groups.  With their grants, they will be receiving Fountas and Pinnell First Grade Guided Reading Collections Release 1 and Release 2.  Together, these collections will provide six copies each of 200 original titles, totaling 1,200 books. These books are engaging original texts. Lesson plans are provided and promote higher level questioning and fluency work.

Lincoln Elementary– Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading Sets– $2,461

Ms. Rachel Stear was awarded a grant to provide books for students who are not growing sufficiently in reading with Leveled Literacy Intervention. These books are specifically leveled, and chosen by the reading specialist, to incorporate more text into student book boxes.  These resources provide more opportunity for teachers and specialists to work together to improve reading growth.

Main Street Elementary– Library eBooks– $2,059

Ms. Sharon Schlup was awarded a grant to purchase non-fiction e-books to allow students to read anytime – anywhere. E-books provide a level field for students. They provide interactive enrichment for the everyday reader and accessibility tools for the struggling student. E-books play a part in teaching the 21st Century skills that are necessary for students to have in the world outside of the school system.

Troy South Middle School– Play-A-Ways – Library Books with Audio MP3– $2,500

Ms. Lisa Toebben was awarded $2,500 to purchase Play-A-Ways, preloaded MP3 players that are paired with a book. Play-A-Ways provide differentiated access to library books which in turn aid in closing the literacy gap between learners by promoting independent literacy involvement. They provide a simple way for emerging and struggling readers, auditory and special education learners, and English as a Second Language patrons to develop and build on literacy skills. Play-A-Ways help readers improve reading comprehension and retention, expand vocabulary, and build phonemic awareness and fluency.

William Cappel Elementary– Reading Sanctuary Library Space– $2,440

Ms. Lisa Larson was awarded a grant to help build “A Reading Sanctuary”. This plan will revitalize the library, creating displays of interest and a reading area which sends the message that reading is important and provides students with comfortable conditions in which to read.