In April, the Beverly Education Foundation awarded $15,000 in grants to support various projects at all seven Beverly Public Schools. The annual Teacher Parent Grants are funded by the Honor A Teacher appeal each year. We congratulate all the educators who applied for grants for their initiative and effort in pursuing funding for these innovative and collaborative academic projects that will greatly benefit students.
Here is an overview of some of the programs that the Teacher Parents Grants have supported:
Ayers Elementary School and Centerville Elementary School put ukuleles in the hands of over 400 students, enabling them an experience with a string instrument as well as an understanding of science concept relating to sound, vibration, frequency and pitch.The program expands the scope of learning for young children in the music classroom with hands on experience. The initial investment will continue for years benefiting unlimited additional groups of students. This instrument program will also function in an inter-disciplinary role allowing live ukulele music to enhance school musicals, holiday programs and encourage young children to take risks and explore the arts without technology.
Beverly High School was able to offer 35 students a series of visits to the Peabody Essex Museum to explore a variety of art works from several cultures and several media. Visits allowed students an in-depth view of specific areas of the collections and special exhibits. Students experienced art, artists and media while making cross-curricular connections.
Briscoe Middle School was able to purchase a 3D printer and filament supplies to support its new Robotics Program. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines are a high priority in education and the demand for robotics education was evident. The need was significant to support this new program and to help provide supplies so over 1,000 students in grades 6, 7 and 8 could learn about developing an idea, mechanical engineering, computer aided design (CAD) and production using 3D printing technology.
Fifth grade students at the Cove Elementary School have the opportunity to learn about sustainability, ecology, protection of rare species, wetlands and much more through a year-long Vernal Pool program. Students visit this certified vernal pool on Cove School grounds to observe and document habitat through seasonal variations. Observations at the vernal pool become the basis for science, math and arts curriculum. The program is supported by the community group Kestrel, whose instructors guide and supplement the learning process.
Hannah Elementary School will purchase the book "Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had." The Math coach will lead a book study that will provide teachers the opportunity to study strategies and put them into action in the classroom immediately. It offers insight to help teachers across the grade levels. The book study will be open to 20 teachers district wide in grades K-8. Teachers will impact over 400 students in the Beverly School district through the knowledge gained and improvement of district goals. It is sure to awaken excitement for math in both teachers and students.
North Beverly Elementary School was able to implement a program called "Reach For the Stars-Literacy For Struggling Readers". The program helped to provide struggling readers the opportunity to read real chapter books similar to what they see their peers read. This increased self-esteem and instilled an interest in reading for pleasure, if not a love of reading.
Other grants that have generously been supported by the Beverly Education Foundation:
Ayers Problem-Based Learning
Briscoe Club Leamos - Spanish
Briscoe Document Cameras
Briscoe Picture Books
Centerville 4th and 5th grade Field Trips
Centerville Book Room
Cove Executive Function Project Based Learning
Cove Global Read Aloud
Cove Math Game Make
Cove STEM Across the Curriculum
North Beverly Choose Own Adventure
Hannah Gross Motor
Hannah Becoming Math Teacher
Hannah Kinder Gardening
Hannah Maker Movement
BHS College Essay Writing
BHS Robotics Program