College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center

Fall 2016

$750 was awarded to Robyn May to fund a woodworking center for pre-kindergarten students to improve fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.

Spring 2017

$460 was awarded to Rachel Cronin to purchase a light table for students in the toddler room to enhance their learning on light and reflection.

Clairemont Elementary School

Fall 2016

$543 was awarded to Laurie Kezh to purchase sensory-based materials to enable students to better focus on a lesson or task.
$439 was awarded to Angela Needham to purchase a Second Step Kit, which aids in social and emotional wellness education.

Spring 2017

$1,500 was awarded to Christie Manasso to expand the school’s leveled readers collection so that it better reflects the diversity of the student body.

Glennwood Elementary School

Fall 2016

$515 was awarded to Katharine Schultz to purchase materials for the second phase of Contraption Convention for gifted-identified students in the first through third grades.
$246 was awarded to Chester Everett to purchase 10 speed stacking sets for use in P.E. to assist with hand-eye coordination.
$300 was awarded to Karen Durisch to purchase drums for special education students to use for rhythmic pattern practice when learning mental math and spelling.
$400 was awarded to Amelia Copp to purchase telescopes for use during the second grade astronomy expedition.
$750 was awarded to Margaret Alexander and Vicki Case-Holden for the purchase of Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention program for students reading below grade level.
$200 was awarded to Elizabeth Nicholson for use at Glennwood and Winnona Park Elementary Schools to purchase one teacher subscription to Hear Builder for working with students receiving RTI service in the area of communication.

SPRING 2017

$338 was awarded to Jonathan Blase for mindfulness training that will allow him to teach students techniques for mindful focus that help them reduce stress and regulate their emotions.

Oakhurst Elementary School

Fall 2016

$750 was awarded to Kendria Paden to purchase supplemental learning materials for the Kindergarten classrooms to aid in learning letter sounds.
$500 was awarded to Kelly Whelchel to purchase two iPad Minis to be used in conjunction with the application “Seesaw”, a portfolio blogging tool which encourages and motivates students in a modern classroom setting.

Spring 2017

$400 was awarded to Michelle Knapton to purchase supplies that will allow students to observe, compare and contrast the life cycle of frogs, mealworms and mushrooms through hands-on observation and investigation.
$962 was awarded to Cynthia Aldridge to purchase supplies for third grade LINKS students to build their own cigar box guitars that will complement an instructional unit on sound.
$950 was awarded to Amanda Lockwood to purchase a portable, wireless, interactive whiteboard system to provide multi-sensory activities for special education students.

Westchester Elementary School

Fall 2016

$983 was awarded to Beth Soons for a project to have students design and create a modern learning studio with alternative seating.
$840 was awarded to Sarah Yoo to purchase 12 wobble stools to help students improve focus.
$840 was awarded to Stacey Foster to purchase 12 wobble stools to help students improve focus.
$1,500 was awarded to Nancy Garrison to purchase 10 spin cycle desk units to help students focus.
$1,065 was awarded to Brooke Nation to purchase five Chromebooks for low-income families to check out from the Media Center in order to address the digital divide.
$700 was awarded to Nadine Howarth to purchase materials for a 2nd grade pinhole camera photography project.
$750 was awarded to Latonya Henry to purchase specially designed adaptive equipment to assist in teaching P.E. to students with special needs.
$500 was awarded to Desiree Cabrices to purchase ingredients for children with disabilities to participate in a weekly cooking activity.
$660 was awarded to Stacey Foster to fund six six-month subscriptions to Tinker Crate, pre-packaged STEM challenge kits.
$660 was awarded to Sarah Yoo to fund six six-month subscriptions to Tinker Crate, pre-packaged STEM challenge kits.

Spring 2017

$1,000 was awarded to Kristen Gwaltney to purchase a 25-note, chromatic tone chime set for the mobile music classroom.
$338 was awarded to Jonathan Blase for mindfulness training that will allow him to teach students techniques for mindful focus that help them reduce stress and regulate their emotions.
$657 was awarded to Wanda Nesbitt to purchase supplies to build a life-sized number grid on the blacktop area of the playground to be used by all grade levels.

Winnona Park Elementary School

Fall 2016
$200 was awarded to Elizabeth Nicholson for use at Glennwood and Winnona Park Elementary Schools to purchase one teacher subscription to Hear Builder for working with students receiving RTI service in the area of communication.

Spring 2017

$540 was awarded to Yadira Ramos Ortiz to purchase traditional Mexican costumes to complement the 2nd grade Spanish unit on Mexican culture.
$1,128 was awarded to Kate Woodbridge to purchase 13 handheld GPS devices to teach 3rd grade students about orienteering and map skills through geocaching.

4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue

Fall 2016

$1,000 was awarded to Nick Brooks to purchase instruments for the establishment of a West African Drumming Ensemble.
$300 was awarded to Colleen Dunbar to purchase books, materials and tools for students with physical limitations to participate more fully in art class.

Spring 2017

$1,100 was awarded to Eddie Johnson to purchase a Padcaster System that will allow fourth and fifth graders to produce their own TED Ed talks.

Renfroe Middle School

Fall 2016

$1,000 was awarded to David Williams for the purchase of a Euphonium for the RMS Band.
$1,000 was awarded to David Hirschorn to purchase choral music to expand the Renfroe Choral Music Library.
$1,273 was awarded to Erin McCormick to purchase standing desks and bouncing bands for ESS students.
$700 was awarded to Elizabeth Williams to fund the performance of Joel Chandler Harris’ African-American folklore stories by the Wren’s Nest Ramblers for the eighth grade Humanities students.
$300 was awarded to Drew Ann Tucciarone to start a Cookie Gram business to be operated by the Moderate Special Education students, teaching domestic and business skills.
$1,500 was awarded to Chris Kanne to purchase a Canon imageProGraph large format printer to print student work in Posters for Change, promoting community awareness on a variety of local and global issues.
$600 was awarded to Benjamin Lynch to purchase curriculum-aligned designer board games for the Media Center. The games will be integrated into instruction to increase student engagement with literacy and curriculum concepts.

Spring 2017

$275 was awarded to Casey Boersma to purchase a collection of writing materials and resources to create a writing center that stimulates creativity and reinforces conventions of strong writing for sixth grade students.
$135 was awarded to Benjamin Lynch to purchase Playaways to provide support to struggling seventh grade readers.
$350 was awarded to Megan Buck to help cover the travel expenses to attend a Spanish immersion conference in Mexico.
$300 was awarded to Inez Cox to purchase supplies to raise awareness about communication disorders during National Hearing and Speech Awareness Month.

Decatur High School

Fall 2016

$1,200 was awarded to Elise Eskew Sparks for a portable amplification system for the new DHS Musical Theater Ensemble.
$1,000 was awarded to Amy Rawlins to purchase costumes for students in the new DHS Musical Theater Ensemble.
$750 was awarded to Katie Crouse to fund the participation in the “Brother to Brother” program, which exposes male students to positive male role models.
$470 was awarded to Javier Fernandez to purchase five video cameras, tripods, and 32 GB SD cards which will be used by the social studies department to improve graded discussions.
$1,500 was awarded to Cheryl Nahmias to purchase five Chromebook computers to be used in the Alternative Learning Environment, which will allow students at-risk of not graduating to complete coursework online in a supervised setting.

Spring 2017

$813 was awarded to David Custer to purchase 6 robots to augment instruction in the AP Computer Science Principles course offered to 10th, 11th and 12th graders.
$326 was awarded to John Chesnut to purchase supplies to expand the high school’s Embroidery Learning Connection.
$1,000 was awarded to Elise Eskew Sparks to cover the expenses of visiting artist Moira Smiley who will perform and provide a master class for the DHS choral students.
$700 was awarded to Elizabeth Lewis to purchase supplies for the Blue & Gold Squad, an ongoing mentoring program for DHS student athletes.
$700 was awarded to Francis Johnson to cover expenses for the DHS learning connection Strong Sisters to participate in cultural and educational outings with their Agnes Scott College mentors.
$460 was awarded to David King to fund his students’ participation in the Special Olympics.