Dart Foundation provides grants
DENTON — Representatives of the Dart Foundation recently visited Caroline County to see how grant money is being spent at one school, and to present more grants.
Manager Emily Matthews, Leanne Richard and Traci Goulding, all of the Dart Foundation, came to Lockerman Middle School from Flint, Mich., on Thursday, Oct. 19, to learn about the science lessons being taught, funded by a $5,000 grant from the foundation.
Students in Tony Pennington and Melissa Bradley’s eighth grade science classes demonstrated force and motion using a magnetic cannon, and making new stuff from old stuff through chemical reactions.
“This (the grants) has been great for us,” said Caroline County Public Schools Science Supervisor Deborah George, who has applied for Dart Foundation grants for the past several years to provide items for various science classrooms in the county.
Every year, the Dart Foundation uses photographs of the people benefiting from its grant money in its annual report. The next report, to be published in January or February, will highlight students from Lockerman.
Colonel Richardson High School music teacher and band director Thomas Cheezum applied for a grant for new school band uniforms. Representatives from the foundation and the local Dart plant in Federalsburg presented a $5,000 check to Cheezum.
Caroline County also received an additional $5,000 for North Caroline High School’s science program, and $6,000 for the elementary science program.
The Dart Foundation is a private family foundation established by Dart Container Corporation founder William A. Dart and his wife Claire T. Dart. The foundation supports projects that enhance education, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, in the communities near where they have businesses. Dart has a location in Federalsburg.
Dart Foundation representatives and Federalsburg Dart plant employees present a $5,000 check to Colonel Richardson High School for new band uniforms.