One for the books; Education Foundation awards grants to teachers
Nearly 300 teachers gathered recently at the Bahia Mar Beach Resort & Yacht Center for the annual “Broward Education Foundation Teacher Grant Awards Ceremony.” They received individual grants up to $5,000 each to support innovative teaching programs.
One of the recipients, Amy Decelle, a first grade teacher at Tropical Elementary, has used her more than $7,000 in grants over the past three years to transform her classroom into a hands-on environment that helps young learners enjoy school and improve their FCAT scores. She is one of hundreds of teachers who have made differences in the lives of Broward students with the help of grants from the Broward Education Foundation (BEF).
Without the grant money she would not have been able to purchase such items as CDS, books, vocabulary stamps or other materials that help her students actively participate in their learning.
“These items have a direct impact on student performance,” said Decelle. “By using items that help them self check their work, they know right away if they get it wrong and can fix it.”
Another BEF grant helps encourage girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Ocean STEM Outreach Program for Girls (OSTEM) was only one of 11 projects in Florida to receive a $5,000 grant through a Consortium of Florida Education Foundation program funded by Motorola. The BEF matched the grant with another $5,000. BEF also matched a grant from AT&T to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs and one from State Farm to support safe driving education. Coral Cove Elementary in Miramar won the top prize, with 25 teachers receiving nearly $10,000 in grant awards.
Event sponsors included: Brightstar Credit Union; Andrew J. Kimmel Journalism & Creative Arts; Ford Motor Company; Nova Southeastern University Fischler School of Education and Human Services; PNC Bank; State Farm Insurance; Forum Publishing Group Inc.; University of Phoenix; andwells Fargo.
Established in 1983, BEF seeks private contributions to supplement the public funding the schools receive. The foundation’s programs provide scholarships for graduating seniors, award grants to teachers that enable them to develop educational programs and projects, provide supplies for classrooms and reimburse tuition for district paraprofessionals who wish to continue their education.
For more information, visit www.browardedfoundation. net.
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