WCCF Announces Mahuron Education Fund and Elliott Family Fund grant recipients

The Mahuron Education Fund was established at the Washington County Community Foundation to encourage educators and staff to teach in innovative ways.  This year, the fund has awarded several teachers in the county school corporations over $4,400. 
Bobbie Rutherford’s 3rd grade class at West Washington Elementary School will be receiving new, flexible seating.  The wobble cushions to be purchased with the grant will help students stay focused and simulate student learning.
Three Bradie Shrum Elementary School 2nd grade teachers, Angela Snelling, Beverly Lanham, and Ava Kinney, will be utilizing new portable speaker and microphone systems in their classrooms.  The speakers and microphone implore students to read out loud through Reader Theatre.  They will also be used to teach about authors and sharing corners among other things.
Pam Barry’s Bradie Shrum Elementary School kindergarten class will see some new additions to their Kinder “Garden”.  The grant will be used to purchase giant board games and games to teach social skills, verbal communication, sharing, taking turns, and fostering the ability to focus while using sight words, letter, and numbers. 
Students in Jennifer Stahl’s 12th grade West Washington Jr/Sr High School class will be creating kites as a follow-up activity to “The Kite Runner”.
Brooke Ingram’s Bradie Shrum Elementary School kindergarten class will be discovering STEM activities with STEM bins and challenges as well as Bringing Sight Words to Life through snapwords and cards that assist student capture the whole word as a picture.
Yoga and tumbling will be one focus of Leah Starrett’s East Washington Elementary School Physical Education class.  Students will work on tumbling skills, yoga, balance, and more. 
Tammy Clemons’ East Washington Elementary School music classes will me utilizing a musical activity rug to help students understand the workings of the music staff through movement utilizing age-appropriate music, games, and activities.
Students in Tara Kennedy’s 5th grade East Washington Elementary School classroom will be learning about owls and what foods they like to eat as they dissect real owl pellets.
Kindergarteners in Jenisa Collier’s Bradie Shrum Elementary School class will be able to match capital and lower case letters, identify consonants and vowels, build words, and develop hand-eye coordination through a Toss and Learn program.
JD Wade-Swift’s new Interactive Media class at Salem High School will be able to conduct more professional interviews and videoing with new lapel mics, better tripod, and heads and professional grade headphones.
Students at Bradie Shrum Elementary School will now have Calm Down Boxes in their classrooms thanks to a grant awarded to Rachel Robinson and Kevin Albertson.  The boxes contain items that students can utilize as they need them in order be more academically and emotionally successful.
The Elliott Family Fund, a donor advised fund within the Foundation, has also issued grants for innovative classroom ideas. 
Sherri Hoar’s first grade students at West Washington Elementary School will be using hands on STEM learning to enhance student STEM skills with creativity and imagination.
Savannah Hartsfield, Salem Middle School career counselor, has been awarded a grant to help purchase school logo shirts to be placed in the Clothing Closet.
Students at Eastern High School will notice a change in their hallways thanks to a grant awarded to art teacher, Laura Temple.  Temple and her advanced art students and art club members will create murals to beautify and brighten the hallways of EHS using a variety of art genres and movements.
Bill Spencer-Pierce and Brent Minton have collaborated for a literature and theatre experience for 5th grade and SHS students through the book and play, “Sarah, Plain and Tall”.  Every 5th grade student will read the book and participate in class discussion and then experience the play performed by the Salem High School Theatre class. 


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