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January 23, 2008 > Teachers get extra money for students

Teachers get extra money for students

Submitted By Rick LaPlante

Fourteen New Haven Unified School District teachers are sharing $5,148 worth of mini-grants awarded on Wednesday, Jan. 16, by the New Haven Schools Foundation, for special projects that promote learning.

Five New Haven teachers are sharing an additional $1,200 worth of mini-grants awarded through the Foundation by the District's HEART (Health Education and Resource Team) program, for wellness activities.

The Foundation, in the third year of its mini-grant program, received applications this year for 37 projects representing the efforts of 41 teachers, from kindergarten through high school. Teachers could apply for up to $500 per project. Twelve projects were selected, including two involving two teachers each, and the winners received their awards when the Foundation's "Prize Patrol" toured the District, surprising the teachers in front of their students.

Foundation recipients and their schools and projects:

Sara Butler (Emanuele Elementary, Grade 2) "Flat Stanley Project"; Sarita Chawla/Jennifer Vera (Eastin Elementary, Kindergarten) Literacy Digital Projector); Linda Chew (Eastin Elementary, Grade 2) "Publishing Small Moments With Technology"; Mary Coppini (Hillview Crest Elementary, Grade 1) "Celebration of Literacy Through Puppetry"; Erin Cross/Amy Guastavino (James Logan High, Grade 9/Special Education) "Growing Together/Campus Garden"; Lynn DeForest (Pioneer Elementary, Grade 3) "Young Historians"; Rick Denny (Cesar Chavez Middle, Grade 6 Science) Hands-On Science Equipment for Robotics Club"; Alicia Elbert (James Logan High; Grade 9) "Oregon Shakespeare Festival Performance"; Penny Johnson (Alvarado Elementary) "Hand-Made With Love Children's Stories"; Martha Utley (Conley-Caraballo High School, Media Specialist) "Conley Literary Circle"; Jennifer Young (Cabello Community Day School, Grades 9-12) "The Literacy Connection."

The Foundation and HEART are co-funding another project, "Eating Our Way Through the Alphabet," proposed by Emanuele Elementary kindergarten teacher Melanie Packham.

In addition, HEART funded awards of up to $250 for: Matt Callison (Pioneer Elementary) "Project Walk"; Linda Gong (Barnard-White
Middle) Recipe for Health"; Carol Meyers (Cesar Chavez Middle) "Pedometer Power"; Sandor Verstrepen (Alvarado Middle) "Fitness Five."

Since the mini-grant program was started during the 2005-06 school year, 46 New Haven teachers have received more than $16,350 for projects that directly impact instruction.

This year's "Prize Patrol" included New Haven Superintendent Dr. Pat Jaurequi, Foundation Executive Director Barbara Aro-Valle and HEART member Lorrene Ritchie, along with District Executive Director of Elementary Education Glynn Thompson and Foundation members Tess Bermudez, Lori Valdes and Rick La Plante.

Anyone interested in sponsoring mini-grants or contributing to any of the Foundation's other programs - including college scholarships, tutoring and beginning teacher support - can contact Executive Director Barbara Aro-Valle by calling (510)471-4714, or e-mailing New Haven employees can contribute to the Foundation through payroll deductions.

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