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The School Foundation awards grants

on Tuesday, 29 May 2018. Posted in Good life, News, Education, Local News

The School Foundation awards grants
Front row, left to right: Judith Kammer, TSF Board; Kelly Tanner, April Leroy, both from Savannah Grove; Deidre Harley, McLaurin Elementary; Toni Allen, Timrod Elementary; Megan Gause, Wallace Gregg Elementary; Ashley Dawkins, Briggs Elementary; Susan Rhodes, Florence One; Judy Lee, West Florence High; Debbie Hyler, TSF Executive Director; Jeff Helton, TSF Board; and Carlos Washington, TSF Board. Back row, left to right: Marion Ford, TSF Board; David Copeland, Savannah Grove Elementary; Billy Volk, Greenwood Elementary; Danielle Scandrol, Tara Newton, Suzette New, Paige Rogers-Garrison, Angie Willard, Stephanie Walker-Boston, all from Briggs Elementary; Dr. Floyd Creech, Florence One; and Mindy Taylor, TSF Board.

Trisha Caulder, Chair of The School Foundation’s Grants Committee (TSF) announced the foundation will distribute a total of $161,252.60 in grant awards to schools in Florence School District One (FSD1) for the 2018-2019 school year. The announcement was made at a grants reception held at the Floyd Conference Center.

The TSF Grants Committee reviewed ten applications requesting a total of $363,742.33. Five applications were funded.

The Child Development Center at Woods Road was awarded $41,150 for their “Golden Keys to School Readiness Campaign” grant, which will promote the optimal development of young children and build a strong foundation for their future success in school and overall well-being.

Briggs Elementary was awarded $12,066.27 for their “Aligning Academics – Level Two of The Leader in Me” grant, which will provide their faculty and staff with professional development, online resources, and field guides to allow them to empower students to gain academic success.

Savannah Grove Elementary was awarded $27,279.10 for their “Coding Immersion Phase Two” grant, which will provide materials needed to impart phase two of the coding immersion cycle already in place in their school. Students will be given the opportunity to engage in 21st century skills by having hands on materials in which to collaborate with students, see how technology works to enhance society, and to actively become involved in their own learning process.

Timrod, Wallace-Gregg, McLaurin and Greenwood elementary schools were awarded $42,557.26 for their “Bots, Dash and Dots” grant, which will provide them with the robots and coding technology to help meet the standards in informational technology.

West Florence High School was awarded $38,199.97 for their “Saturating the Curriculum with STEM” grant, which will enhance their use of technology, fine-tuning their program of interdisciplinary and cross-circular course work and will add a STEM Professional Learning Community to coordinate collaborative lessons and increase their students’ college and career readiness by building problem solving skills, cognitive thinking and technical skills.

“Our teachers spend many hours researching and compiling these grant applications. It is exciting to see the vision they have for our students and their desire to provide them with the skills necessary to succeed in school and in life,” Trisha stated. “I continue to be amazed at the dedication and talents displayed by our FSD1 educators,” Debbie Hyler, Executive Director of TSF stated. “I enjoy going into the schools and seeing firsthand the collaboration and passion our educators have for improving our children’s educational experiences.”

To date, TSF has awarded $1,516,630.50 in grants to FSD1. This funding would not be possible without the support of the community and our donors.

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