Teachers at Burnley-Moran, Greenbrier and Johnson elementaries are the recipients of grants to fund innovative, hands-on learning opportunities for children in the 2021-22 school year.
The recipients are:
Bethany Crawley, Johnson Elementary, $750 for “Diverse Book Clubs”: Fourth graders feel safe, valued, and heard as they participate in monthly book clubs to explore the vibrant mix of cultures, languages, religions, backgrounds, families, personalities, and abilities that make up their diverse community.
- Joan Evans, Burnley-Moran Elementary School, $676 for “Children, Children What Do You See?”: Five-and six-year-olds gain experience and confidence exploring the walking trail around their school as they use binoculars to recognize, analyze, and record the nesting activity of bluebirds along the Bluebird Trail.
- Teresa Seto, Greenbrier Elementary, $379 for “Make It Simple”: Third grade students perform
activities, design experiments, and test hypotheses using five simple machines and a spring scale to see and understand the effect of distance and force on work.
These competitive grants are awarded annually by the Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation for Excellence in Public Education: Charlottesville/Albemarle. According to their website, “Shannon Grants are designed to add an extra measure of excellence to our local classrooms. They supplement—but in no way replace—public funding for our local schools.” The awarded projects support “the kind of learning experiences that stay with children for a lifetime.”