The Chatham Education Foundation awards 19 creative teaching scholarships

● Integrating Literacy Into Social Studies, by Susana Negroni for second grade bilingual classes at North Chatham Elementary.

● Decodables to Animate Literacy, by Jessy Durizch and Kathleen Hughes for Chatham Grove The funds will be used to purchase decodables to help emerging leaders with the skills they have learned or are currently practicing.

● Parent Academy – In Spanish, by Rebekah Concepcion, ESL Teachers and World Spanish Teachers for North Chatham Elementary
The school purchases books to create a Spanish Parent Academy to help families navigate the school system and support their students.

● To Be Seen and Heard, by Sarah Jones and Zachary Wills for Silk Hope School, the grant will be used for a Smart TV so that visual and performing arts classes can replace outdated technology.

● Kelso: Choosing Character and Resolving Conflict, by Amy Doty and Leann Munoz for Perry Harrison Elementary School will purchase kits for students to learn character traits and conflict resolution with a digital program called “Kelso’s Choice “, which emphasizes respect, caring, fairness, responsibility and honesty, as well as a conflict management component.

● Social Opportunities for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students, from Salita Callicutt and CCS Exceptional Children’s Department
The funds will be used to hold quarterly socialization events throughout the district for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and who are typically isolated within their schools. The grant will also be used to support parent initiatives and collaborative efforts.

● Fifth Grade Microscopes, by Susan Hamilton, Sara Knight, Cathay Anstrom and Ed Vihlen for Chatham Grove Elementary
With the purchase of microscopes through the grant, fifth-grade students will have the opportunity to observe pre-made slides of plant and animal cell and tissue samples, as well as create and observe their own slides of dried skin cells, plant cells and others.

● High-interest decodable books for our growing population of multilingual learners, by Juliana Maul for North Chatham Elementary
The school will use the funds to purchase high-interest decodable books for a variety of reading levels for use with multilingual learners.

● Engaging Reading Intervention Material, by Sarah Bonenberger and her teammate Erin Collins for Chatham Grove Elementary
The grant will be used to purchase decodable readers for students and magnetic boards for teaching phonetics.

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