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Newton Foundation awards teachers spring classroom grants
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The Newton Foundation for Educational Excellence is pleased to announce the recipients of the Foundation’s Spring Classroom Grants for 2015-2016.

All Newton County School System teachers are eligible to apply for the grants, which can be used to pay for a wide variety of innovative instructional projects and materials.

“Again this year, the grant subcommittee was absolutely blown away by the scope and quality of the grant requests,” said Dr. Jami Berry, board chair for the Education Foundation. “The Foundation is especially thrilled to be able to fund these three grants because they utilize technology in new and unique ways that will undoubtedly enhance the curriculum for years to come. The funded requests are excellent examples of the innovation of our educators on behalf of the students of the Newton County School System.”

The Foundation awarded just more than $5,500 in grants to the following teachers and projects/
Sabrina Grant, of West Newton Elementary School, received a grant of $1,881 for her learning station fun with OSMO project. The project has 19 OSMO systems that attach to existing school iPads to enhance math and language arts in kindergarten and first-grade classrooms.

Heather Hodge, of Middle Ridge Elementary School, received a grant of $1,775 for her integrating 3D launch project.
Using a 3D printer, the project will create a prototype catapult, with which fourth-grade students will study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Elizabeth Gregory, of Newton College and Career Academy, received a grant of $1,913 for a college admissions project.

The project will feature 7 iPad minis to facilitate college/career exploration and expedite the college application process under the guidance of the counseling department.

“I congratulate each of the teachers who were awarded grants from the Newton Education Foundation,” said Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “The fact that they took the time to research and develop a proposal and then write a grant request is indicative of their dedication and commitment to their students.”