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New Kent Education Foundation awards over $17,000 in instructional grants

By Amy Jo Martin, amartin@tidewaterreview.com

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NEW KENT – New Kent County Public Schools has received over $17,000 for 2013-2014 instructional grants.

On behalf of the New Kent Education Foundation (NKEF), President Christopher Lindsay presented a $17,064.77 check to New Kent Public Schools Monday night. The money will finance 25 of the 38 instructional grant requests, shared among the four schools.

The largest instructional grant will go toward the $5,139 IPad Pilot Program, which will impact the entire school division.

According to Ross Miller, director of Instructional Technology, Testing & Accountability, the grant will pay for nine IPads and accessory pieces, such as cables.

"Teachers will submit ways in which they would use the IPad and a committee will select nine teachers to supply with IPads that year," said Miller in a phone interview Tuesday.

Once the school year ends, staff will once again accept teacher requests for the nine IPads, which will be redistributed.

"We are looking at hopefully expanding that program in the future and providing more IPads," Miller said.

Aside from the IPad Pilot Program, NKEF also paid for the following projects:

New Kent Elementary School:

•Actively Engaging Students in Reading - $242.91

•Everyone is an Author - $553.11

•Cozy Shades - $368.40

•Putting Small Hands on Mathematics - $238.60

•Weighted Lap Blankets - $264 (funding still needed - $24)

•Behavior Management Program - $500

•E-Books - $500

•Mice or Mouse Devices - $143.92

Total donation to NKES Projects: $2,810.94

George W. Watkins Elementary School:

•Large Easels for Implementation of New Programs - $1,191.24

•Listening to Learn - $65.70

•Reading Express - $749

•Close Reading: Take a Closer Look - $631.40

Total donation to GWES projects: $2,637.34

New Kent Middle School:

•The Spine Crackers: A Grade-Wide Reading Book Club Initiative - $545.05

•Pen & Ink Whimsical Trees and Pen & Ink Watercolor Mixed Media Animal Studies - $454

•Algebra I for Va. End of Course Algebra I - $485.51

•Math 8 SOL Coach Bopoks and ACtivSlate60 - $350

•NKMS Jazz Band - $500

•Lego Robotics Club - $390

Total donations to NKMS projects: $2,724.56

New Kent High School:

•Supplies for Chemistry Classroom - $793

•Reading Across the Curriculum - $92.67

•NKHS Science Department - $332.50

•Vegetable/Herb Garden Plot - $772.20

•Digitizing Photography I - $750

•Tchoukball for All - $500

Total donations to NKHS projects: $3,240.37

The New Kent Education Foundation's mission it to "channel the community's resources to promote and enhance educational opportunities for the students and staff of New Kent Schools."

Next week, the Tidewater Review will take an in-depth look into several of the grant programs and how they will benefit teachers and students.

Martin can be reached by phone at 804-885-0040.