Since 2008, the Foundation has awarded $155,000 in Classroom Grant funding to Bennington teachers and administrators.
Each spring, the Classroom Grants Program provides grants to teachers and administrators for programs and activities that go beyond the school district’s limited budget. The program’s focus is to enhance student learning by providing new and innovative educational experiences for our children within all of the enriching activities our students are exposed to. By putting resources directly into the hands of teachers, they are able to go above and beyond their standard classroom curriculum.
Below are a few highlights of the 2017 Spring Classroom Grant Awards
Bennington Elementary – Jen Flynn: Stand Up and Be Yourself! Engagement Activities at Its Finest. Purchase a microphone and other engaging activities to allow students to present or talk about what they are learning to build self-confidence. $500.00
Heritage Elementary – Kindergarten: Rigamajig Builders Kit. Rigamajig is a building kit made of wood pieces, nuts, bolts, gears and rope to allow children to experience hands-on exploration of STEM activities. $1,000.00
Middle School – Lego Robotics. Purchase FIRST LEGO robotics sets to start a middle school robotics program to expose more students to robotics and develop 21st century skills. $1,000.00
Bennington High School – Chaz Neuvirth: Leadership Development program. Take 10 to 12 band students who are determined to be leaders, to a leadership workshop in Sioux City to develop their leadership skills and allow them to implement their newly learned skills during the school year. $780.00.
All Elementary Buildings – Math Interventionists: Bee Bots in the Primary Classroom. Purchase small kid-friendly robots with directional keys that allow students to program, teaching 21st century skills like problem solving and working in collaboration with others. $1,800.00.