Tools for Teachers

Tools for Teachers equips Pendleton Indiana and Lapel Indiana teachers with vital tools

Equipping teachers with vital tools.

Ask any Pendleton or Lapel student about her classroom. Are there MP3 players with headphones for reading along with books? Does the class use stability balls when they’re antsy? Did they raise butterflies from larvae? It’s likely these experiences were made possible by Foundation grants.

A recent Grandparent’s Night tour of just one local kindergarten classroom revealed a learning-rich environment of cheerful story props, a large round rug, and bags of age and stage appropriate manipulatives. Tiny learners were eager to show off favorite areas and activities.

The halls were absolutely jammed with grandparents, all with the same objective- to do something special to support their grandchild. The crowd was a reminder of how each child’s success or struggle matters deeply to the larger community. Investments in classroom tools benefit teachers- of course- but they also affect every student, the caring friends and family who support each student, and all those who will benefit in the future positive effects of a well-educated community.

Because each child in our community represents the legacy of generations past and holds the potential of generations yet to come, there is no more appropriate or sustainable investment we can make than to provide classroom tools that enable a child’s success in school and in life.

For the 2016-2017 school year, the following projects will be undertaken to build a rich learning environment and a bright future for Pendleton and Lapel students:

1. Lapel Elementary PBIS Committee (Holly Manning, Amanda Russo, Christa Klettheimer, Kitty Simpson, Ryan Scott, Jill Guion, Donna Baker, Shelley Busch): $2000 was awarded to the PBIS committee for a schoolwide “Paws Pride” positive behavior toolkit. A schoolwide program, the toolkit provides communication and modeling posters, badges, and spirit sticks. Affecting all 700 students over multiple years, “Paws Pride” will be provide the structure of the school’s behavioral education for years to come.

2. Lapel Elementary and Middle School STE(A)M Team (Andrea Allison, Zach Fuqua, Robert Jennings, Drew Beahm): $1700 was allocated for the creation of a STE(A)M Corner serving Lapel students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. The STE(A)M Corner will include grade level appropriate challenge cards and materials for students to design, build, make, measure, learn, and solve while channeling creativity, collaboration and communication skills.

3. Lapel High School Science Department (Donna Caudill): $1000 was awarded to purchase a 3D printer and replacement filament spools. The printer and corresponding instruction will satisfy new science standards and will help learners understand or visualize ideas, processes, and systems.

4. Pendleton Elementary Primary (Tonya Boynton): $300 was awarded for material costs of a large scale mosaic tile installation featuring the multiplication chart along with squares and square roots of numbers. Fourth grade students will complete the project and the entire school will benefit from its colorful instruction in number sense and computation, an area targeted for schoolwide improvement.

5. Pendleton Elementary Intermediate (Arlene Bennett, Kim Collier, Jennifer Gosch): $2000 was awarded for “Growing, Gathering, and Giving” a real life application of math, science, and character development through gardening. Learning labs associated with planting, harvesting, and distributing vegetables and flowers will take place in a greenhouse accessible to all students.

6. East Elementary (Veronica Collins, Delynn Hatheway, Ashley Gustin): $2000 will be invested in Makerspaces for upper elementary students. Aligned with state standards, the new materials will develop students as innovative thinkers as they learn how things are made and conduct scientific investigations. Students will work to solve problems collaboratively across curriculum and grade level.

7. East Elementary (Sheila Laudig, Carissa Buck): $1000 will be made available for “Kids Are Authors.” Students will increase their project stamina by group-authoring and illustrating hardback books. A set of books will be published and added to the collection of local libraries.

Honor a Teacher