This year, the Owensboro Public Schools Foundation For Excellence awarded $7,356.67 to four Owensboro schools to use for various educational projects.
“Owensboro Public School teachers are on the cutting edge of innovation in the classroom. We are happy to give them the money they need to move their classrooms forward,” said Andy Johnson, Foundation Chairman.
The following schools received the Foundation grants for the 2014-2015 school year:
Cravens Elementary School-$3,591-Tynker Programming Software: This is computer software that teaches elementary students programming and computational thinking skills and gives them a good foundation in STEM thinking abilities.
OMS South-$555.67-Dogfish Shark Dissection: This will pay for 50 dogfish sharks for dissection, dissection trays, Clorox wipes for cleanup and cost of shipping.
OHS-$800-Dance Shoes and Costumes: This will provide dance shoes and costumes for students who cannot afford them. The amount stated also includes funds for needed additional storage cabinets.
Gateway Academy-$1,600-Stock Market Portfolio Challenge: This is a computer program that teaches sound financial practices which is already being taught at OHS.
Gateway Academy-$600-Junior Achievement Product Development and Marketing: This will provide the resources for students to develop and market products through Junior Achievement.
Gateway Academy-$210-Lit and Knit: This will be used to b buy yarn for 75 students for one year. Students will use the yarn to knit while taking turns reading aloud to each other in order to improve their literacy skills.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have a Foundation that believes money raised for Owensboro Public Schools should be put directly in the classroom,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.