By BJ Sibley
The local Foundation for Educational Excellence, Kids Reach, awarded over $4,000 in mini-grants to local classrooms on Monday, March 7th. The Board of Directors, under the guidance of president Sue Thompson, awarded the grants to 20 teachers in the Twain Harte Long Barn School District.
The grants were of about $250 each and come from money raised by the Foundation throughout the year.
Grants were awarded to the following teachers and their requests at Pinecrest School: Mike Brown, 3rd through 5th grades for dictionaries; Sylvia Terry, 6th through 8th grades for video enhancement materials for social studies.
At Twain Harte Middle School: Nancy Anderson, 6th grade for medals and awards for their Greek Olympic studies; Karen Stapp, Tom Dunlop and Blake Hornberger, 6th through 8th grades, each received a grant to share refurbished laptops for use in mobile computing and presentations; Jim Micheletti, 8th grade for a field trip to enhance student fitness.
At Black Oak School: Jan Zukal, K through 5th, the p rcha e of crafts to enhance learning; Lori Gold, 4th grade, books and a field trip; Dan West, 3rd for motivational material; Kim Hebert, K through 2nd to bring in a traveling classroom; Mary Antinetti, 2nd grade for hands-on activities materials; Pam Ransom, 4th grade for a history project; Helen Birtwhistle, 2nd grade, Jalane King and Jean Graham, 1st grades for insect life-cycle projects; Sue Sperry, Becky Berry and Judy Skoglund, 1st grades for head phones for the reading center and special puzzles.
Kids Reach, a non-profit organization, raises money by selling food at the summer “Concerts in the Pines” in Twain Harte and other venues. On March 19th and 20th the group will be staffing an espresso bar at the annual Home and Garden Show at the Motherlode Fairgrounds in Sonora.
The current Foundation level of giving brings total grants for the 2004- 2005 school year to over $10,000.
“All of the money raised at our events throughout the year, over and above our actual expenses,” said Sue Thompson, “goes to the kids “