Teachers and other professionals within the district are encouraged to apply for grants to be used for innovative educational programs. Grants will be awarded competitively for projects and ideas that will have the greatest positive impact on students’ educational experience.
The grants awarded for the 2018-2019 school year are as follows:
Millbridge Elementary School
Little Free Library
Kelly Jewell and Jessica Bivans authored this $860 grant to bring Millbridge School its very own Little Free Library. They hope to close the reading achievement gap and show students that the Delran community prioritizes and values reading by providing greater access to donated books – especially over the summer months. The Little Free Library will be constructed on the Millbridge School grounds and will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony once it is ready for use.
Delran Intermediate School
Books by Bears
$1,540 will be awarded to Michelle Woyshner for a motivating project that supports all 3rd grade writers. Student authors will have the opportunity to publish their fiction, nonfiction, or poetry writing in high quality blank books to keep and cherish, with reusable publishing materials available for future use.
Think Like an Engineer Case Study for 4th Grade – Building for the Future, Generating Ideas & Comparing Solutions
This $2,250 grant will allow 4th grade students to make the most of their study of natural Earth processes by incorporating engineering and design principles as part of the Next Generation Science Standards. All 4th graders will have the chance to design fair tests, conduct multiple trials, and iterate their designs of structures that withstand the hazards caused by earthquakes.
Delran Middle School
Water Bottle Rocket Engineering Design Challenge
DMS science teachers Jennifer Frisella and Jon Skvir authored a $600 grant to support this exciting way to incorporate science content and engineering practices into a hands-on, real world, student-centered project. 8th grade students are challenged to work in groups to design, construct, test, and improve their rockets, culminating in a rocket launch competition and performance day.
Academy of Natural Sciences School Visit
$975 will bring another adventure to the 8th grade teams when the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University visits the Delran Middle School Library for a second year with specimens, live animals, and expert naturalists. Presentations will be made to two classes at a time, allowing for an intimate educational experience.
Learning on the Road! – Adventure Aquarium
“For every student, learning is much more profound when you are able to relate it to a real world experience.” Middle school special education teacher Rosemary Forsythe was awarded $975 to take her multi-age, self-contained MD class on a learning adventure to the Adventure Aquarium. Students will engage with animals and animal artifacts and learn how animals adapt and thrive in their natural environment.
Delran High School
Diversity Club – Library and Diversity Day
High school Diversity Club advisor Siobhan McVay was awarded $1,700 to further promote a safe environment for students and faculty with the students of the Diversity Club. This grant will fund a reference library that reflects our racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. The grant will also be used to promote book clubs and other activities to increase communication and intellectual dialogue about our differences and how we can learn from each other.
Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling
French teacher Stephanie Morales was awarded $733 for an innovative, research-based approach to teaching world language. Students will use French novels to develop their skills in a “highly comprehensible, personalized and contextualized manner.”
Promoting Proficiency Through Technology in the World Language Classroom
$1,500 was awarded to Spanish teachers Jenn Jue Mattle and Valerie Sanchirico to unify and extend Spanish instruction through the use of technology. This grant will fund one year of premium services for Quizlet Teacher, Flipgrid, EdPuzzle, and Señor Wooly, allowing teachers to explore and make the most of these tools for improving world language instruction and assessment.
Audio Engineering Project
This $2,200 grant was awarded to the Director of Bands, Tom Rafter, to introduce live sound production through the use of a digital soundboard. Students in the music technology class, AP Music Theory, and in the award-winning Golden Regiment Marching Band will move into the modern age of live sound production and audio engineering. The DEF is proud to support music education!
Chemical Engineering and Manufacturing Club – Year 2
High school teacher Siobhan McVay received a grant of $1,500 to support Year 2 of this club for students interested in diving deeper into chemistry content and engineering design. Students will work in collaborative teams to design, produce, and market new consumer products, with the sales proceeds being used to help fund future projects. Students and their families will also have the opportunity to network with chemical engineering professionals and learn about careers for students interested in chemistry.