The Solon Springs Educational Foundation has announced its 2018 grant awards. With matching grants the Foundation is funding $15,000 in educational activities at the Solon Springs School District this year.
- Elementary Curriculum & Teacher Training ($4,136) – Kindergarten teacher Lindsey Wiberg has identified an online learning program that teachers can access for Conscious Discipline to more effectively work with some of the more challenging student needs that teachers see. Pre-K teacher, Anna Warring, will add curriculum materials and training that will help improve young student’s overall readiness for learning.
- Flexible Furniture ($4,500) – Four staff are adding more flexible furniture for classrooms. Included are some stand-up stools, tables and desks. Most classroom furniture is 30 to 40 years old.
- Fishing Club ($2,500) – Bruce Meyers has volunteered to take students to ice fishing tournaments. When these occur other schools have official Fishing Clubs that identify themselves as a school team. He wishes to introduce more students to this lifetime hobby.
- Outdoor Education ($4,430) – Julie Fromm & Bruce Meyers spearhead many outdoor education projects at school. Bruce has received grants for a maple tree planting for a syrup collecting project, as well as to establish a school pond north of the school. Additional funds will be used for a birdfeeder with webcam, a DNR workshop, some snowshoes and cross country ski poles.
- Science Equipment ($705) – Four triple beam balances and a new hotplate (instead of an old frying pan) for high school science by Joanne Zosel.
- Technology ($1,000) – Third grade teacher Barb Hendrick is adding four Chromebook computers to her classroom.