By Judy Reed
In an era of shrinking budgets, the Cedar Springs Education Foundation helps teachers and students each year go where they’ve never gone before—to seek out new technology for the classrooms, or in some cases, to just bring them up to date. Each year, the Education Foundation, a 401C3 nonprofit, gives out $20,000 in grants. This year they gave out 192 $25 gift cards for Schulers Books to teachers on Teacher’s Day in May, and $14,550 in grants for various programs and supplies at the end of the year staff and breakfast meeting. They are funded through donations from the community.
“It’s amazing that we give $20,000 each year from this little community,” remarked spokesperson Elizabeth Marckini. She said that anyone who would like to donate can send a check to the Cedar Springs Education Foundation, 204 East Muskegon, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.
Grants this year include:
*Cedar Trails Elementary received $2,700 to purchase Mentor Texts. These are books that can be used as an example of good reading and writing for students. These books will also extend the teaching of their CORE units and are not available in the school or teacher’s personal library.
*Beach Elementary received $2,250 for iPad application software for writing, social studies, organizing and math.
*Cedar View received $2,250 for one Apple TV per classroom. It is a small box that hooks up to the projector and allows a teacher to play content on an internal hard drive or wirelessly from a computer or iPad.
*Red Hawk Elementary received $1,050 to purchase more iPads for classroom use. Students use these to support their core curriculum. Teachers use these for guided instruction and collaborative work.
*The Cedar Springs Middle School received $2,250 toward support of their anti-bullying programs, Be NICE and Rachel’s Challenge. Marckini said that the Cedar Springs Rotary is also helping to support with this program.
*The Cedar Springs High School received $4,050 to purchase new probes, sensors and manuals for its biology and chemistry labs.