Posts in Spring 2019
Concert Band Instruments – $18,118

Curricular Area: Arts
Grant Focus: Band Instruments
Schools: Columbia High School
Items Purchased: Chimes, Tuba, Euphonium, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax

CHS's Band Program has seen great success and growth over the last 5 years. It has grown from 40 students in 2013 to a projected 70 for 2020. As the ensemble grows, the need for essential instruments has also become more apparent. This grant pays for a collection of instruments (Chimes, Tuba, Euphonium, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax) that will enhance the sound and maintain proper balance within the Concert Band ensemble.

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Diversity Classroom Libraries – $1,500

Curricular Area: English Language Arts
Grant Focus: Books
Schools: Wallace & Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School
Items Purchased: Books and teacher research time

The teacher applying for this grant noted that the classroom libraries didn’t fairly represent the diversity in our student population. This grant will compensate the teacher for research time as well as the purchase of novels and nonfiction literature for WPSIS 4-6th grade English Language Arts classroom libraries. Books will be by diverse authors about diverse topics featuring diverse protagonists.

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Beekeeping – $1,888

Curricular Area: STEM
Grant Focus: Equipment
Schools: Henkle Middle School; Wallace & Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School
Items Purchased: Beehives and beekeeping supplies

This grant provides for the installation of an observation beehive at Henkle Middle School and at Wallace & Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School. This hives will be part of the project based learning curriculum, helping students understand why honeybees are an important part of the agriculture in both local and national production.

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All Terrain Electric Vehicle – $9,992

Curricular Area: STEM, Career & Technical Education
Grant Focus: Equipment
Schools: Columbia High School
Items Purchased: Plans and parts for building the ATEV

For the past six years CHS students have been designing and fabricating electric cars to compete in over 50 Electrathon America races. With this grant, students will pilot an innovative and highly motivational twist to this event by building the first of its kind all-terrain, full suspension electric vehicle: the Piranha III!.

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