One for the books; Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion awards grants to teach­ers

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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.

Robert Run­cie, left, Jorene Jame­son and Joseph M. Cobo

Sylvia Cobo, left, Josephm. Cobo and Katie Leach

Jen­nifer Her­nan­dez, left, and Jose Soto

Mag­gie Zalamea, left, and Suzanne Atkin

Su­san Boruch-bir­sic, left, and San­dra Banaszak

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